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REFUSENIK is the first retrospective film to chronicle the thirty-year international movement to free Soviet Jews. What started as a small grassroots movement bold enough to take on a Cold War superpower blossomed into an international human rights crusade that engaged the disempowered and world leaders alike. Told through the eyes of activists on both sides of the Iron Curtain - many of whom survived punishment in Soviet Gulag labor camps - the film is a tapestry of first-person accounts of heroism, sacrifice, and ultimately, liberation.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 23
- Fresh: 21
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: One credits their naivete as the best tool to change history, as, because of it, they refused to cave in to excuse-making politicians and initial indifference in the Jewish-American community.
Fresh: Packed with an extraordinary amount of archival material, the film offers a fascinating, if occasionally dense look at a grass-roots movement that became the world's chance to retroactively fight Hitler's Holocaust.
Fresh: There are fascinating archival clips that show rare glimpses of early years of struggle behind the Iron Curtain, while the story eventually moves through such momentous footage as the Helsinki Accords and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Fresh: [Director] Bialis may have been too diligent in tracking down sources.
A very important movie that captures the spirit of the Jewish people.