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From Slavery to Freedom

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2019
  • 84 min.
  • Director(s): Arkady Kogan
  • Producer(s): Alexander Levin


FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM portrays the story of Soviet “Refuseniks” through the prism of Natan Sharansky’s biography.
In 1977, Sharansky, a famous human rights activist, was arrested on charges of spying for the USA, treason and anti-Soviet agitation.
The film takes you back to a Soviet era where there was an overwhelming sense of fear and insecurity in the face of the system.
No single person symbolizes the era more than Natan Sharansky, who defied the entire Soviet system in his fight for freedom and national identification. After spending years in prison he ultimately won the struggle, paving the way for all of the Soviet Jewry.

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Arkady Kogan


Alexander Levin

Executive Producer(s)

Alexander Levin


Anatoliy Petriga, Mark Inberg, Mikhail Dal, Andrey Vetoshkin, David Rudoy, Denis Paduchev, Beata Bubenetz


Evgeniya Shustikov

Original Language





Liza Skvortsova


Channel 9 - Israel

Sound Desig

Galina Siver

Festival Highlights

Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival , USA, 2021

Palm Springs Jewish Film Festival , USA, 2020

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival , USA, 2020

Westchester Jewish Film Festival (Jacob Burns Film Center) , USA, 2020

Iranian American Jewish Federation , USA, 2020

Temple Beth El, Springfield , USA, 2020

Houston JCC , USA, 2020

Boulder Jewish Film Festival , USA, 2020

Fort Myers Jewish Film Festival , USA, 2020

Israfest Foundation (LA Israeli Film Festival) , USA, 2019

Boston Jewish Film Festival , USA, 2019

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema , USA, 2019

UK Jewish Film Festival, UK, 2019

Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2019

Kyiv Jewish Forum, Ukraine, 2019

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