Harvey Brownstone Interviews Giedrė Žickytė, Lithuanian Filmmaker and Director of “The Jump”
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Giedrė Žickytė, Lithuanian Filmmaker and Director of “The Jump”
About Harvey's guest:
Today’s guest is Giedre Zickyte, a highly acclaimed filmmaker from Lithuania whose latest film, entitled “The Jump”, chronicles one of the Cold War's most complex and suspenseful episodes.
On November 23, 1970, a Lithuanian seaman by the name of Simas Kudirka, jumped from a Soviet fishing vessel that was anchored just off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, onto the US Coast Guard ship “Vigilant”, desperately seeking political asylum. The US Coast Guard, however, returned him to the Soviets, who convicted him of treason and sentenced him to 10 years in a concentration camp. This incident, commonly referred to as the US Coast Guard’s “Day of Shame”, is widely considered to be one of the biggest political blunders of the Cold War. And it set off a series of protests throughout the United States and marked the beginning of a long political battle to save Mr. Kudirka and bring him and his family to America, which finally happened in 1974.
The film is now available on Amazon, Apple TV and a number of other streaming platforms. Our guest’s films, including “Baras”, “How We Played the Revolution”, “Master and Tatyana” and “I’m Not From Here", have won 14 Film Festival Awards.
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