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Film documents decline, fall of Soviet Union

Monday, October 22, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A film that documents the decline and fall of the Soviet Union through personal stories of Soviet citizens will be shown Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Hood College.

The Maryland premiere of David Satter's The Age of Delirium, based on his book of the same name, will be held in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall. A reception and book signing will follow the screening.

Satter's film depicts what it meant to construct a state based on a false idea, how people were forced to act out this fictitious reality and the tragic human cost of the Soviet attempt to remake reality by force. It describes the Brezhnev era; the influence of Gorbachev and perestroika; and concludes with the events of 1991, including the massacre at the Vilnius television tower, the mass protests in Moscow and the August 1991 coup, all of which led to the Dec. 25,1991, collapse of the Soviet Union.

Satter, a Hudson Institute Senior Fellow and an expert on Russia, served as the Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times of London and a special correspondent on Soviet affairs for The Wall Street Journal. He has written extensively about post-Soviet Russia, including two additional nonfiction books, It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Party and Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State.

The film is sponsored by the Joint Baltic American Committee, Hood College's Global Studies program and the Frederick Latvian American Club.

For more information, contact Len Latkovski, professor of political science, at (301) 696-3722 or latkovski@hood.edu.