NYC official premiere screening+Q&A with Director Anat Zalmanson Kuznetsov

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 -

Lerner Hall in Columbia University, 2pm

The first one who walked in the theater carried Save Soviet Jewry sign. I quickly found out this was Freda Bluestone Birnbaum! Freda's late husband Jacob founded the student Struggle for Soviet Jewry in the 60's.

Credit: Matan Tzinamon

It was a full house, mixed with human rights activists from the 70's and young student who knew little about Soviet Jewry struggle

Prior the film there were remarks by Gal Beckerman, Historian & NY Times book review,

and by David Harris CEO of AJC:

"Ultimately it became the most successful human rights movement in history, this could not have happened without the extraordinary courage of a small group of Soviet Jews who were determined to to put their lives on the line in order to sort the principle 'Let My People Go'. Without them there would be no story, there would be no success."

WATCH: Film remarks by David Harris

WATCH: Film remarks by Gal Beckerman

Credit: Matan Tzinamon

3pm. showing the film

Credit: Matan Tzinamon

There was no room for me in the cinema

so I set in the projector room

When I came out I was greeted with a standing ovation..

Thank you NYC!

I answered questions from the audience (my favorite part) and introduce special guests in the audience: The wives of two group members Yuri Fedorov and Aleksey Murzhenko

and of course my uncle Israel Zalmanson, also a group member, who served 8 years in Gulag, was there. I asked him to join and answer some questions.

WATCH: Q&A with Director Anat Zalmanson Kuznetsov

and group member Israel Zalmanson

Credit: Matan Tzinamon

We thank Aryeh: Columbia Students Association for Israel for organizing and initiating, AJC & The Department of Slavic Languages at Columbia University that co-sponsored the event and JDC for supporting and promoting!

Designed & created by Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov 2016