In the early 1930s, the Welsh reporter Gareth Jones is known by many for managing to get an interview with Adolf Hitler. This opens doors for him, and he is given the opportunity to go to the Soviet Union to investigate how the country has succeeded in its modernization and rearmament of the troops. The plan is to interview Stalin, but instead he finds himself in Ukraine where he uncovers the real truth behind the rapid development of the Soviet Union as he witnesses Russian soldiers draining the countryside of all crops and leaving the population to starve. Real-life Gareth Jones and his story inspired George Orwell to write Animal Farm in 1945. The film was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.