Bones of Contention

(Presently in the YAP Films Library)

60 minutes • Documentary • Produced in association with: Reunion Films and CBC • Production year: 1994

On July 17, 1918 Nicholas II, the last Czar of Russia, and his family were brutally murdered and their remains hidden by Bolshevik revolutionaries.

Shot on location in Russia, the film takes us from the streets of Moscow, to the imperial family’s execution and secret burial site in Ekaterinburg, to great Byzantine cathedrals and ceremonies that illustrate the passions and contradictions of Russian society.

Bones of Contention is a stimulating documentary, unconventional in narrative, flashy and fast-paced in technique, which not only unravels an intriguing case, but captures the people of modern Russia’s struggle to come to terms with the ghosts of their horrific past.

Directed by: Simcha Jacobovici & Elliott Halpern
Producers: Simcha Jacobovici & Elliott Halpern
Executive Producer: Roger Pyke

Award Highlights:

  • Silver Screen Award, US International Film Festival
  • Bronze Plaque Award, Columbus International Film Festival
  • Silver Award, WorldFest Houston International Film Festival