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FREE TO ROCK is a 60 minute documentary film directed by 4 time Emmy winning filmmaker Jim Brown and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. Ten years in the making, the film explores the soft power of Rock & Roll to affect social change behind the Iron Curtain between the years 1955 and 1991, and how it contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union and to ending the Cold War. Rock & Roll sounded the "chimes of freedom" in the hearts and minds of Iron Curtain youth. Inspiring its youth to demand freedom to listen, play and record rock music, to enjoy basic human rights and freedom from oppressive communist rule. The story follows the key political, musical and activist players in this real-life drama as the KGB cracked down hard with arrests, beatings, death threats and imprisonment. Thousands of underground rock bands with millions of passionate supporters inspire and fuel independence movements that eventually cause the Soviet communist system to implode without blood shed or civil war. ...
Just saw this at the 18th Sonoma International Film Festival and it was super great. As a Foreign Service Officer posted to Budapest, Hungary 1989-92 all throughout the opening up of the Eastern Bloc I was astounded by how the people knew all the music, words and sounds, as one after another Western musicians came to play Budapest. This documentary helped me to better understand just how rock and roll and other forms of western music got through the repressive and sometimes violent acts by the authorities to try to keep it out. Essential viewing for anyone who cares about the influence of pop music in repressive regimes. GREAT ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE!!
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