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Online community screening + Q&A
Operation Wedding, documentary

Tzipora Long Beach Hadassah hosting an online screening event of the award-winning documentary Operation Wedding, followed by Q&A with the film's director and daughter of the protagonist: Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov

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Director

Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov:

Anat was born in Israel to Sylva Zalmanson and Edward Kuznetsov, leading characters of the Dymshits–Kuznetsov hijacking affair.

She studied filmmaking at the London Film School.  

It’s been a long-standing ambition for her to tell the story of her parents in the medium of film and Anat is now developing a script for a feature film based on her father's book "Prison Diaries" and her documentary "Operation Wedding". 

"I carry both my parents’ names.

Growing up, everybody knew about this event, but over the years it started to fade away from the public's collective memory. Though there are many films trying to describe this fascinating story, they only give a short 5 minute description and a full length film about this event that was made in Russia 2009, calling the group members "terrorists" and try to re-write history – false imaginary history, or as my father calls it "documentary fairytales".  

I found rare archives, interviewed former KGB key members that claimed that:

"…There was no problem of Jewish immigration in the USSR.

Only about 20 people in the whole USSR were denied exit visa." (Philipp Boblov, former KGB deputy chairmen)

I realized that the faith of public memory is on my shoulders. This is an inspiring story that remind us all that civilians have power and even one person can change history, but would have to be willing to pay the price…"