Join us this Monday, December 3rd at 7:00pm
Following the screening, we are honored to welcome Senator Vincent Hughes to discuss his experiences in aiding the Refusenik movement in Russia 25 years ago.
Presented in partnership with the American Jewish Committee of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
dir. Laura Bialis, US, 2007, DVD, 120 mins, color
Refusenik is the first retrospective documentary to chronicle the thirty-year movement to free Soviet Jews. It shows how a small grassroots effort bold enough to take on a Cold War superpower blossomed into an international human rights campaign that engaged the disempowered and world leaders alike. Told through the eyes of activists on both sides of the Iron Curtain - many of whom survived punishment in Soviet Gulag labor camps - the film is a tapestry of first-person accounts of heroism, sacrifice, and ultimately, liberation.
Much of the material used in Refusenik is unique and exclusive to this film. Interviews with key leaders in the movement are some of the first ever to be recorded. Many of the photographs and covert film footage - some of it smuggled out of the Soviet Union - have never been seen before by a large audience, and help make Refusenik a unique portrait of this amazing story.