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TVP 2 FREEDOM FROM DESPAIR
2004
Director : Brenda Brkusic
Narration/Voice-over:
Michael York
John Savage
Beata Pozniak
Official Movie Site: www.freedomfromdespair.com

"Freedom from Despair is the epitome of an independent film, a labor of love." Pete Weitzner, PBS Producer

"Freedom From Despair is a powerful, moving film, documenting a much neglected piece of modern history." David S. Ward, Academy Award Winner, writer, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Sting”

This documentary feature film explores the untold history of Communist Yugoslavia through first hand interviews, stock footage, news reels, and narrative recreations shot in the US and Croatia. The film portrays the incredible journey of Kruno Brkusic, who as a young man risked his life to flee from a regime that punished independent thought and suppressed Croatian culture. In exploring the atrocities committed and hidden by the Communist government of Yugoslavia, the filmmaker pieces together a shocking world that lay silent with a generation of survivors for the past 50 years. The film is a celebration of culture, democracy, and the abiding strength of the human spirit. It had its world premiere at the Amnesty International Film Festival, the largest human rights organization in the world that screens films with powerful stories of human struggle, sacrifice and triumph.

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