Film Screening: They Chose Freedom: The Story of Soviet Dissidents

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

West End Cinema, Theater 3, 2301 M St NW, Washington DC 20037

Film Screening: They Chose Freedom: The Story of Soviet Dissidents

Freedom House and the Institute of Modern Russia
invite you to a screening of:
They Chose Freedom: The Story of Soviet Dissidents


Thursday, February 13, 2014
5:30pm – 8:30pm
West End Cinema, Theater 3
2301 M St NW, Washington DC 20037

On February 13, 1974, the Soviet Union forcibly exiled Alexander Solzhenitsyn to West Germany for his documentation of Stalin’s labor camps in The Gulag Archipelago. The incident marked the first in a series of brutal crackdowns on dissidents – practices that are still echoed in the repressive policies of the current Russian government. Forty years later to the day, the Institute of Modern Russia and Freedom House will present the English-language version of They Chose Freedom, a documentary film on the history of the Soviet dissident movement. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Vladimir Bukovsky, a leading Soviet-era dissident who spent 12 years in the Gulag and was himself exiled to the West – directly from his prison cell – in 1976.

Introductions:
Vladimir Kara-Murza
IMR senior policy advisor, author of They Chose Freedom

David J. Kramer
President, Freedom House

Discussant:
Vladimir Bukovsky
Writer, former Soviet dissident and political prisoner

They Chose Freedom, a documentary film written and produced by Russian historian and television journalist Vladimir V. Kara-Murza, tells the story of the dissident movement in the USSR from its emergence in the 1950s until the collapse of the Soviet dictatorship in 1991. The film is narrated primarily through interviews with prominent Russian dissidents: Elena Bonner, Vladimir Bukovsky, Vladimir Dremlyuga, Viktor Fainberg, Natalia Gorbanevskaya, Naum Korzhavin, Sergei Kovalev, Eduard Kuznetsov, Pavel Litvinov, Yuri Orlov, Alexander Podrabinek, Anatoly (Natan) Sharansky, and Alexander Yesenin-Volpin. The Institute of Modern Russia sponsored the translation and English-language production of They Chose Freedom as part of its commitment to preserving the legacy of those who have dedicated their lives to the struggle for freedom, human rights, and the rule of law in Russia.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be offered.
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