In 1933 Welsh journalist Gareth Jones traveled to the Soviet Union to observe social conditions; he then surreptitiously ventured into Ukraine, where he witnessed the Holodomor, Stalin’s man-made famine that historians believe to have killed several million people. This passable 2019 docudrama—handsomely directed by Polish auteur Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, In Darkness) from a humdrum script by Andrea Chalupa—recounts Jones’s harrowing journey and later reporting of the travesty. James Norton is affecting in the lead; so is Peter Sarsgaard as Walter Duranty, the adversarial New York Times’s Moscow bureau chief who won the Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles about the Soviet Union and later denied the famine. A fictional would-be love interest (Vanessa Kirby) and no less than George Orwell (Joseph Mawle) also factor into the plot; the latter knew of Jones’s reporting, and some allege that it inspired aspects of his classic parable, Animal Farm. Orwell’s presence is factitious and overly didactic, and his scenes highlight the overwrought nature of Chalupa’s script. Holland’s direction, however, is assured, adding to her career-spanning examination of history’s uncomfortable truths. In English and subtitled Russian, Ukrainian, and Welsh.