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Freedom Dance (2007)
Short | 29 min | Documentary, Short

This is the story of a young artist and his newly wedded wife literally running for their lives - on foot, by truck, by bus, by train and by boat - on a gutsy and determined quest for personal independence. Freedom Dance chronicles the ...See moreThis is the story of a young artist and his newly wedded wife literally running for their lives - on foot, by truck, by bus, by train and by boat - on a gutsy and determined quest for personal independence. Freedom Dance chronicles the four months Edward and Judy Hilbert spent escaping the ruthless control of Communist Hungary under cover of the riotous 1956 Hungarian Revolution as documented by Edward in a series of sketches defined by adventure: his apartment destroyed by a Russian tank (while he was home); a tense smuggling out of Budapest; the robbery by an opportunistic escort; a dream-like Christmas in Vienna; and a punishing boat ride across the Atlantic to America and freedom. The decision to leave Hungary during a violent revolution is further complicated by the fact that Judy was still healing from the trauma she suffered in a German concentration camp at age 14. To survive the Holocaust and within 12 years endure four months as a refugee, homeless, defying the dehumanization from yet a second tyranny is glowing testimony to Judy's remarkable strength of character and incredible endurance. Revealed in her decision to stay with her husband during the most trying of times, under the most inhumane conditions, is a heart felt tribute to the inspiring beauty of true love. Character-driven animation brings to life the pages of a powerful collection of cartoons, drawn during the winter of 1956, from a cartoonist using his passion to re-tell the greatest achievement of his life: realizing the dream of freedom! Written by Steven Fischer See less
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May 4, 2007 (United States)
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