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Followed by Q&A with Arkadi Kogan

Attending this event

Arkadi Kogan

Arkadi Kogan is a Russian and Israeli film director and screenwriter. Born in Siberia, he trained as an architect before graduating from the Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. For 13 years Arkadi worked as Chief Director of the Documentary Department for Channel One Russia. Since 2013 he has been living in Israel. In 2018, Arkadi’s film about the famous human rights activist and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky premiered in the Israeli Parliament.

Anne Joseph

Anne Joseph is a freelance journalist who writes mainly about Jewish arts and culture. She is one of the film writers for The Jewish Chronicle and a contributor to The Guardian and The Times of Israel. Her work has also appeared in the TLS and the Forward, as well as other publications. She is also a trustee of UK Jewish Film.

Films screening at this event

From Slavery to Freedom

Arkadi Kogan
84 min

While millions of Jews found refuge in the new Jewish state, over a million Soviet Jews were stopped by the authorities from leaving. Enduring horrendous suffering, a group of dissident Jews, known as Refuseniks, fought relentlessly for freedom. From Slavery to Freedom tells the story of this movement and the person who has become its symbol, Natan Sharansky, found guilty of high treason in 1977. It is his bravery and that of his wife Avital that finally brought him, and so many of his fellow Russian Jews, home.