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Pur

Rare home movies from Soviet Dissidents now in Israel recall the time,when they subversively used the Purim story to educate and inspire Soviet Jewish youth on forbidden Jewish culture. This documentary short film makes the most of grainy old videos to show the artists’ courage and imagination in using theater as political resistance. More information.

 

Operation Wedding

Leningrad, 1970: Under the guise of attending a family wedding, a group of audacious young Jewish dissidents plots to hijack an empty plane and escape the USSR. Caught by the KGB a few steps from boarding, they are tried for treason and sentenced to years in the gulag; two death sentences are commuted following world outrage. 45 years later, the filmmaker who is the daughter of the dissidents, and her mother, retrace the group’s journey from a Soviet airport to a KGB prison. Cigarettes and vodka fuel interviews with the parents filled with intelligence and humor. Archives, reenactments and interviews with KGB officers enhance this inspiring story of  young Jews who imagined freedom and cracked the Iron Curtain. More information.

film details

Location

CTN Studio Portland

516 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

Showtime

Tuesday, March 21, 7:00pm

Genre

Documentary

Running Time

14 minutes, 62 minutes