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Natan Sharansky: From Slavery to Freedom

Natan Sharansky: From Slavery to Freedom

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Human Rights Activist | Politician Writer | Israel Prize Laureate
Recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom

Natan Sharansky In Person 
at the Chicago Premiere
of the Film That Tells His Story

Saturday, November 16, 2019
7 pm VIP Reception | 8 pm Program | 9:30 pm After Party

$180 VIP (includes VIP Reception, Reserved Program Seating, After Party)
$36 for Program Only | $25 After Party

Spertus Institute
is proud to be the
screening host for this special
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

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Through the prism of Natan Sharansky's incredible life, From Slavery to Freedom tells the story of the Refuseniks, Jews seeking to leave the clutches of the Soviet Union to live in freedom.

The film crew, which gained permission from Moscow to film in sensitive locations, follows Sharansky back to the prison where he was held after being arrested in 1977 on charges of treason and anti-Soviet agitation. He was held there for nine years, much of it in solitary confinement. Yet against remarkable odds, Sharansky defied the Soviet system and ultimately won the struggle, paving the way for all Soviet Jews.

This film had its world premiere at the Israel Knesset. Read a review from the Jerusalem Post > 

In Russian with English subtitles
Runtime 84 minutes
Directed by Arkady Kogan