Andrei Sakharov: A Free Man

90' 2010 France director: Josif Pasternak cinematography: Władimir Polianski, Sebastien Saadoun, Michel Dunand production: ARTE France, 13 Productions

Andrei Sakharov's life perfectly distills both the history of great conflicts of the 20th century and Russia's contemporary problems. Sakharov was one of the creators of the Soviet atomic bomb, but as early as the 1960s, realizing the potential consequences of the global nuclear conflict, he began to take steps to stop the arms race. In the 1970s, he created a committee to defend human rights and victims of political trials in the USSR. He was exiled to the city of Gorki for his participation in the dissident movement, where he remained under close KGB surveillance. He fought tirelessly for human rights throughout his life and was one of the first Russians to publicly condemn the war in Afghanistan. Scientific and political achievements gave Sakharov a prominent place in history while the story of his life offers a fresh perspective on today's Russia.

Information about the series can be found here.

The event is a part of a series accompanying the festival called "To the Success of Our Lost Cause! Human Rights Defenders in Russia," co-organized by The Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding and For Free Russia Association.

U-jazdowski Pracownia
8.12 / 19:00
Screenings followed by Q&A