Dir. Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov (Israel/Latvia, 2016, 62 min.)
Co-presented with Generation R, World Jewish Congress - North America, National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ), and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
In 1970 in Leningrad, a group of young Jewish dissidents plots to hijack an empty plane and escape the USSR. Caught by the KGB a few steps from boarding, they were tried for treason—some were sentenced to death, others sent to the gulags. Filmmaker Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov grew up hearing the dramatic story of her parents’ attempted escape, and 45 years after the events, she made this documentary together with her mother. They retrace the group’s journey from a Soviet airport to a KGB prison and beyond. Archives, reenactments, and interviews with KGB officers enhance this inspiring story of young Jews who imagined freedom and cracked the Iron Curtain.
Screening followed by Q&A with Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov
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