Italian scholar moves to Moscow to study World War II

During the Iron Curtain era in the 1980s, Eccli Massimo did his graduate thesis on Russian poetry. Back then, he could not find any recent literature for his work in his country, Italy so he decided to travel to Moscow. The aspiring Italian philologist liked the city and the people so much that he decided to permanently move to Russia. Since then, he has worked as a teacher and studies the history of WWII. Massimo also works to recover memories of the Soviet partisans that took part in the Italian resistance during World War II and tries to find out what happened to them.

In the documentary, Massimo explains why he began his research and what he has discovered so far. He also talks of his life in Moscow as a foreigner and shares his thoughts about Nationalism.