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Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001
From: "Edwin Rubenstein" <EdwinR@hudson.org>
Subject: Film Press Release

The Hudson Institute
Herman Kahn Center
5395 Emerson Way
Indianapolis, Indiana 46226
Ph: 317-549-4115 Fx: 317-545-9639
September 6, 2001
CONTACT: Jennifer Butsch, 317-549-4115

Hudson Institute begins work on documentary film
Film will examine the fall of the Soviet Union

Indianapolis - Hudson Institute announced today that it is beginning work on a new documentary film describing the fall of the Soviet Union as it was experienced by the Soviet people. The film will incorporate first hand accounts from former Soviet citizens and will refute the notion that there was "moral equivalence" between the Soviet Union and the West. The film will be directed and produced by Bruce and Jennifer Young, directors of the Emmy award winning film "Stolen Years," a critically acclaimed documentary on the Stalin era labor camps, and will be based on the book, Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union (Yale paperback) by Hudson senior fellow, David Satter.

"With the CNN series, 'Cold War' now being shown in the schools, there is a need for a film that will show Americans what communism looked like from the inside. This is important not only to understanding the Soviet Union but also to helping Americans to appreciate their own history," said Hudson Institute president Herbert London.

R. James Woolsey, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will serve as executive producer. The Hudson Institute project is being supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the production team plans to start filming in Russia later this fall. The projected completion date of the film is late 2002.

"Producing a film of this kind represents something new for the Hudson Institute," said London, "but given our interest in global and moral issues, the opportunity to help set the historical record straight on the most important event of the twentieth century fits in perfectly with our overall mission. We consider this film to be one of the most important projects in the Institute's distinguished history."

Hudson Institute is an internationally recognized public policy research organization that develops solutions and forecasts trends for governments and businesses. Founded in 1961 by the late Herman Kahn, the not-for-profit organization has more than 75 researchers and employees at its corporate headquarters in Indianapolis as well as offices in Washington, D.C.; Madison, WI; and Tampa, FL. For more information about Hudson Institute, visit the organization's web site at www.hudson.org or call 800-HUDSON-0.

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