Dutch director Aliona van der Horst is given an inheritance of six square meters of a small, wooden house in a Russian village. She embarks on a journey back into the secrets of her mother’s Russian past.
What do you want to know about your family?
Nothing special happened.
Life was within the norm.
Grandad drank, but didn’t swear.
The hunger lasted from the thirties to the fifties.
But there was just enough to stay alive.
Except for a few children.
Also, no one died in a prison camp,
Grandad wasn’t even killed in the war.
Actually we were pretty lucky.

One day, Dutch film maker van der Horst was given her inheritance: 6 square meters, one sixth of a small, wooden house in the Russian countryside where her mother grew up. It was as if life had handed her a card she felt forced to play.
She began a journey into the past, back into the childhood of her Russian mother and her five sisters, all of whom struggled with fear, famine and war in Stalin’s Russia; experiences that left them scarred to their very soul.

Aliona’s quest into the lives and fate of her family becomes a loving, poignant, and poetic film with Chekhovian characters. Accompanied by the magical animation of acclaimed Italian artist Simone Massi, unimaginable events in the Soviet past are given an immediate charge. Along with the stories of ordinary people living in the small farmhouse, the film maker tells the tale of Soviet terror, immense bravery and a fear that has never left those four walls.