Artisans of Liberty traces the political and moral combat waged by Eastern European dissidents from 1956 to 1989. The film focuses on the creation of the democratic opposition and the Solidarity movement in Poland, on Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia, and on the rise of the underground literary movement in Hungary.
Through the stories of individuals in Prague, Warsaw, and Budapest, Artisans of Liberty recounts thirty years of totalitarianism and anti-totalitarian struggles. At a time when the end of communism was a quixotic hope, it tells the story of the men and women who rejected fear and repression to become voices of conscience and resistance.
Artisans of Liberty: Political Dissidents in Eastern Europe won the prize for best historical documentary given by Les Rendez-vous de l'Histoire in 2010. Directed by Ruth Zylberman, 2010, 100 min.
The director will be in attendance to introduce her film and to answer questions following the screening.
Ruth Zylberman is one of most influential documentary film directors of her generation in France. She has explored the many forms of interactions between individual and collective trajectories in Paris-Fantômes (2001) Mai 68, année zéro (2008), L'homme sans douleur (2006), Artisans of Liberty: Political Dissidents in Eastern Europe (2010) and Maurice Nadeau, Le chemin de la vie(2011). She currently teaches a class on film and history at Sciences-Po in Paris.