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Los Angeles Premiere (May 14, 2008)

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

REFUSENIK premiered in Los Angeles as part of the LA Jewish Film Festival, at the Laemmle Music Hall. Speakers included Zev Yaroslavksy and Si Frumkin — two famous Angelenos who got their start as activists in the Soviet Jewry movement. The dynamic duo reminisced about some of their most notorious moments– including getting arrested at a demonstration at the Shrine Auditorium. Great quote of the evening from Si Frumkin: “I”m probably the only person who’s spent time in a jail cell with Zev Yaroslavsky.”

Also in attendance: Producer Stephanie Howard, Editors Allan Holzman and Tchavdar Georgiev, Composer Charles Bernstein, Cinematographer Sarah Levy, and Korelan Matteson, Production Coordinator.

New York Premiere Event (May 11, 2008)

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Natan Sharansky was in attendance for a Q & A after the film. Many activists, including Glenn and Lenore Richter, and many of their colleagues, came out in force.

San Francisco Premiere Event (April 12, 2008)

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Soviet Jewry Activists Regina Waldman, Morey Schapira, and David Waksberg teamed up to speak after the screening.

Seattle Jewish Film Festival (April 9, 2008)

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Last night I had the privilege to watch the North American premiere of Refusenik, directed by Laura Bialis at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. It was apropos for Seattle and the Jewish Film Festival to be the first to present this landmark documentary, since Senator Henry ‘Scoop’ Jackson hailed from Washington State, and was so instrumental in the fight to free Soviet Jews. This incredibly moving documentary points to the power of ideas, demonstrating how history can be changed when idealism, perseverance and perhaps a bit of naivete converge, creating the groundswell for what developed into an international movement.
There are lessons for us today as the Jewish commun ity engages in battles to safeguard the rights of Jews around the world, including ironically, those of our brothers and sisters in Israel. Thanks to Laura and all those involved in the creation of this wonderful film for helping show us the way forward.
Here’s to the incredible courage and indomitable spirit of all the Refuseniks!”
David Brumer, Seattle

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photos courtesy StopTime photography

World Premiere: Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival (December 6, 2007)

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The most amazing event ever. All of the refuseniks in attendance!

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