woensdag 11 augustus 2010

To Russia with love: The great radio war

2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

To Russia, With Love: The Great Radio War tells the story of the Cold War from a most unusual perspective: Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty: a radio station for the countries behind the Iron Curtain.

Conceived as a propaganda instrument and financed by the CIA, RFE over the years changed its face and provided the people under Soviet rule with information and news not available to them in any other form - like any broadcaster in a democratic country. Today the radio station is seen as one of the most successful enterprises of the CIA, and some claim that the peaceful end of the cold war is largely due to RFE/RL's broadcasts.

To Russia, With Love: The Great Radio War takes us back to the time when World War III seemed imminent, shows the political machinations behind RFE and movingly captures the memories of its listeners.

"Sometimes I'm looking at my kids and I'm trying to think how can I explain to them what I went through, how it was", remembers one of the listeners, "and in all honesty, I'm happy. I'm happy that they cannot understand that! Because it means that they live in a world without this pressure, without this constraints of thinking about one thing and talking about another one." (From Germany, in English and German, English subtitles) (Documentary) PG CC WS

Genre: Documentary
Country: Germany
Language: English, German
Rating: PG

AVI (OpenDML): 349 MiB, 52mn 24s
Video stream:
794 Kbps, 512*288 (16:9), at 25.000 fps, MPEG-4 Visual (XviD) (Advanced Simple@L5) (BVOP / GMC3 / QPel)
Audio stream:
128 Kbps, 48.0 KHz, 2 channels, MPEG Audio (MP3) (Version 1) (Layer 3)


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