Earth = Zemlya

Soviet Union, 1930

Please note

Sorry, we don't have images or video for this item.

The story is so slight as to be almost plotless; the young peasants of a Ukranian village want to buy a tractor to bring the future a little faster to their village but the kulaks of the community fear this strengthened unity and one of them kills the young village chairman. Yet this summary scarcely hints of all the qualities and passages that have made “Earth” one of the acknowledged classics of the Soviet and world cinema. The unique beauty of “Earth”, Dovzhenko’s best and last silent film, brought him international fame.

Content notification

Our collection comprises over 40,000 moving image works, acquired and catalogued between the 1940s and early 2000s. As a result, some items may reflect outdated, offensive and possibly harmful views and opinions. ACMI is working to identify and redress such usages.

Learn more about our collection and our collection policy here. If you come across harmful content on our website that you would like to report, let us know.

How to watch

This work has not been digitised and is currently unavailable to view online. It may be possible for approved reseachers to view onsite at ACMI.

Learn more about accessing our collection


In ACMI's collection



Oleksandr Petrovych Dovzhenko

production company




Production places
Soviet Union
Production dates

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier







Black and White


VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

Please note: this archive is an ongoing body of work. Sometimes the credit information (director, year etc) isn’t available so these fields may be left blank; we are progressively filling these in with further research.

Cite this work on Wikipedia

If you would like to cite this item, please use the following template: {{cite web |url= |title=Earth = Zemlya |author=Australian Centre for the Moving Image |access-date=20 April 2024 |publisher=Australian Centre for the Moving Image}}