So much had happened in this tour. Not only screenings, but meetings with people and family I never met before, finding new archives, articles and more. Every day was filled with events.
I will try to find a way to preserve those memories and share them with you.
If a picture can be worth a 1000 words, then this clip is worth 100,000,000 words:
Sadly I couldn't stay for the second Washington DC screening.
10 hours after I landed in Israel I was already on skype with the audience in Washington DC. My mom agreed to stay up late and I uploaded a live video of this rare Q&A:
While I was in Detroit, Operation Wedding was screened in docuTIFF: Tirana International Documentary Film Festival and WON AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD!
Thanks to this tour we've had five articles, two reviews, one radio interview and one TV interview!
REVIEWS & ARTICLES
Asswhole waching films: "The programmers at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival have done an excellent job of presenting some very interesting stories at this year’s festival, but Operation Wedding may take the rugelach (I know-forgive me)." Read more
Jewish DC: "The variety of footage and the close, personal connection gave this film a unique feel, like it was partially documentary and partially narrative, too." Read more
Interview for i-24news, that was broadcast from Jaffa to New York!
Tablet: "It is safe to say that Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov has created the definitive tale of the Leningrad hijacking, and in the process, humanized the larger-than-life characters behind it. It’s hard not to pepper descriptions of the film with superlatives like heroic and courageous. It’s equally hard to stay dry-eyed throughout." Read more
Times Of Israel: "Zalmanson-Kuznetsov also interviewed Philipp Bobkov, who, as deputy chairman of the KGB, was in charge of her parents’ arrest. In the movie, he says that it is the agency’s responsibility to prevent hijackings like the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
The filmmaker said Bobkov’s spin on the story was so cunning she felt compelled to cut his interviews short in the film, lest viewers believe everything he said.
“He was just lying all the time. He is very convincing, it’s hard to resist,” Zalmanson-Kuznetsov said." Read more
CJN: "For the last eight years, Zalmanson-Kuznetsov has put her entire life on hold, in order to create this documentary. After a failed attempt in 2009, she tried again in 2012 – this time, successfully. The reactions from viewers that Operation Wedding has received is exactly what Zalmanson-Kuznetsov was hoping for." Read more