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Freedom from Despair (2004)

True stories of the Croatian People's struggle to overcome oppression from communist Yugoslavia and the 1990's fight to save thier war ravaged homeland.


Brenda Brkusic Milinkovic (as Brenda Brkusic)


Brenda Brkusic Milinkovic (as Brenda Brkusic)
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Credited cast:
Petar Cvirn
John Dolan John Dolan ... Prison Guard 1
Dennis Kucinich Dennis Kucinich ... Himself
Beata Poźniak ... Voice Over (voice) (as Beata Pozniak)
John Savage ... Narrator
Michael York ... Voice Over


True stories of the Croatian People's struggle to overcome oppression from communist Yugoslavia and the 1990's fight to save thier war ravaged homeland.

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A young man's journey from despair, a nation's struggle for freedom.





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14 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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Historical Documentary Endorsed by Amnesty International and US Congress
28 June 2006 | by mkolega1See all my reviews

This is the first documentary that truly depicts the plight of the Croatian people under Communist Yugoslavia. This film brilliantly weaves statements from expert eye-witnesses, historians, authors, and politicians. The film has won dozens of awards in film festivals around the world, including a CINE Golden Eagle Award and an International Documentary Association Nomination. I think what is so powerful about the film is the fact that the audience can relate to what is on the screen and it becomes a very emotional experience for the viewer. The Anti-Defamation League recognized this film as one of the best films in 2005 and Amnesty International and US Congress both endorse the film. Amnesty International writes "Brenda Brkusic's documentary is an example of sublime film-making that poignantly tells the story of one brave man and translates his experience into powerful and compelling statements about the human spirit, political agendas, and global responsibility. The participation of such talented and well respected actors as Michael York, John Savage and Beata Pozniak will help the film reach a more mainstream audience. Amnesty International commends Brenda for this film's achievement and we hope that she continues to bring socially conscious films to the attention of audiences around the world." I highly recommend this film to anyone seeking "the big picture" in regards to the oppression people suffered in Yugoslavia (the film begins in the late 1950's when the filmmaker's father was just a young boy) and the events that led to the break up of Yugoslavia in the 1990's. Two thumbs way up!

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