The travelling of an American boy and a blind musician around the soviet Ukraine forms the basis of the film.
Film events take place in the beginning of the 1930th in the Ukrainian SSR during the dramatic period of industrialization, collectivization, Big Hunger and liquidation of the intellectuals. American businessman Michal Shamrock with his ten year old son Peter comes to Kharkiv.
There is a depression in America. Michal has a plan; he wants to exchange his tractor to grain. Сomrade Vladimir meets Michal with his son and makes him an extremely profitable proposition. Michal only has to say that he is a communist and he has come to build a tractor-factory. Michal and Peter become a part of a soviet propaganda. During the celebration of the first tractor launch, one of the republic heads gives secret papers about planned repressions in Ukraine to Michal. These papers Michal has to give to American reporter Gareth. On his way to railway station, Michal hides secret papers in his son’s book. In the train Peter becomes an accidental witness of his father’s homicide.
By chance the boy succeeds in fleeing due to the blind bandura player Ivan Kocherga. NKVD (i.e. National Commission of Internal Affairs) in Moscow forges the case about the homicide of an American communist, accuses the resistance movement representatives of it and starts the repressions. Vladimir gets the order to find the boy-witness and papers at any price.
Meanwhile Peter joins the blind man and becomes his guide.
There is the real historical events in the movie. The one of them is destroying of Ukrainian bards
God! I want to see this movie :D
The trailer with english subs is here