Operation Wedding

Leningrad, 1970. A group of 11 young Jewish dissidents, denied exit visas after the Soviet Union cut diplomatic ties with Israel after the Six Day War, plot to hijack an empty plane and escape to Sweden, bound for Israel. This was not a decision made lightly, as to apply for an exit visa, the applicants (and often their entire families) would have to quit their jobs, which in turn would make them vulnerable to charges of social parasitism, a criminal offense. Under the disguise of a trip to a local family wedding, the hijackers buy every ticket on a small 12-seater plane, so there are be no passengers but them, no innocents in harm’s way. Caught by the KGB a few steps from boarding, most are sentenced to years in the gulag. Two are sentenced to death. Their efforts draw international attention to human rights violations and result in 300,000 Jews being allowed to leave the USSR by the end of the decade. Almost 50 years later, filmmaker Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov reveals the compelling story of her parents.

  • Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov
  • 63 minutes
  • In Russian, English and Hebrew with English subtitles.

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