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Torn from the Flag: A Film by Klaudia Kovacs (2007)

A sociopolitical historical documentary-thriller about the international decline of communism and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.


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A sociopolitical historical documentary-thriller about the international decline of communism and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

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The significant global effects of the Hungarian revolution of 1956





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10 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A lyukas zászló  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In 2010, Filmmaker Klaudia Kovacs, was the first person in the United States to organize a fundraiser for the victims of the Red Sludge Toxic Spill in Hungary. According to the Washington Times, "this disaster was nearly as great as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill." By screening her film, Torn from the Flag, she raised half a million forints (Hungarian currency) in one evening. See more »

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This is a must see documentary.
21 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Torn from the Flag - How can I convey in words the emotion I felt and the education I received watching this documentary and do it justice?

This documentary film shows the dramatic events which led to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and consequently the collapse of the USSR Communist state decades later. The producers interviewed several actual Freedom Fighters and other participants with various points of view, so Torn from the Flag is not a mere repetition of the same news stories of the Hungarian Revolution we have heard many times before. In fact, in 90 minutes, the audience is shocked, brought to tears, witnesses the bloody struggle and the apparent short-lived victory which was achieved by the Freedom Fighters. Days later, the Hungarians' joy of freedom and hope for independence was brutally crushed by a merciless, overbearing dictatorial superpower, which was followed by severe retribution by the new communist government. Desperation replaced hope in Hungary, and the world stood by and did nothing. Why did the free world allow this suppression of liberty?

This story must be told and kept alive so that current generations better understand what occurred and future generations do not forget this struggle for freedom.

Thank you, Ms.Kovacs and company for this valiant production!

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