Russia. 1962. 75 min
Children from different parts of the world found themselves in a pioneer camp on the Black Sea coast. And suddenly a Japanese girl named Ineko fell ill and other children are doing everything possible to help her. The doctor promised her that she would recover if she made a thousand cranes out of paper.
Mark Donskoy was born in Odessa in a Jewish family. During the Civil War, he served in the Red Army (1921-1923), and was held captive by the White Russians for ten months. Freed and discharged from military service, he studied psychology and psychiatry at the Crimean Medical School. In 1925 he graduated from the legal department of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Crimean M.V. Frunze University in Simferopol. He then worked in investigative bodies, in the Supreme Court of the Ukrainian SSR, and in the bar association. He released a collection of short stories about his life called “Prisoners” (1925).
Donskoy began his career in film in 1926. He worked in the script department, then as an assistant director in Moscow, later as an editing assistant in Leningrad. In 1935 he became the first Soviet dubbing director; he dubbed the American film “The Invisible Man”. In addition to subsequently directing numerous films, he also worked from time to time as a studio administrator: in 1938-1941, and in 1945-1955 he was the administrative director of Soyuzdetfilm’s film studio in Moscow; in 1942-1945 and in 1955-1957 he was director of the Kiev film studio; after 1957, he was director and art director of the Maxim Gorky film studio where he mentored Ousmane Sembène.