Torn from the Flag Blocked by Hungarian Government

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Thu, 04/01/2010 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Torn from the Flag a feature-length sociopolitical documentary about the decline of communism and the global effects of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution continues to be blocked by Hungary's current post-communist government. Even though the film has received many international accolades in Hungary producers say its distribution has been prevented.  The Hungarian Uprising in 1956 was a pivotal catalyst for democracy in Eastern Europe yet two decades after 1989 Hungary actively struggles with the legacy of communism.  Some members of the former communist elite held on to their political influence in the current dominant ruling party MSZP.  Producer-director Klaudia Kovács a US-Hungarian citizen says The more human rights violations occurred the clearer it became that people needed additional sources of inspiration.  Being expelled from my birth country's consulate or being summoned by the Ministry because I practiced my right to freedom of speech are minor incidents compared to what my countrymen had to endure.  I continue to take a firm stand against the communist crimes and I trust that Torn from the Flag's message will be welcomed not only internationally but also in Hungary under a new and fair government.   Torn from the Flag