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**** DVD ~ FREEDOM FROM DESPAIR: Brenda Brkusic's award winning PBS TV documentary

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Examine the Croatian Struggle for Independence...

Brenda Brkusic's award winning PBS TV documentary

Freedom from Despair

is now available for purchase on VHS and DVD.

This special edition of the film includes ten minutes of bonus material not seen in the television broadcast.
There is a limited inventory available and no more duplications of this film will be produced in the future...

Get your copy before the film is sold out!

This film makes a wonderful gift for family and friends. Preserve Croatian history by having this film in your home and passing it on to future generations.

Freedom from Despair
Portrays the Power of the Human Spirit and Tenets of Democracy
From Chapman University, to the Halls of Congress, to the European Union, and back to PBS Television, 26-year-old Brenda Brkusic's film makes headlines around the world. The 90-minute film uncovers the long history of suppression and abuse of the Croatian people and their struggle for independence from Tito's Yugoslavia, using as its focus the dramatized true story of Kruno Brkusic, Brenda's father, who risked his life to escape the regime. The film is narrated by celebrated actors Michael York (Cabaret, Austin Powers), John Savage (The Deer Hunter, The Thin Red Line), and Beata Pozniak (JFK) and includes interviews with U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich.
Award-Winning Film Screened Worldwide
Brkusic¿s work to promote human rights has been recognized and honored by the U.S. House of Representatives. The film screened in October for members of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium; has been featured in 15 national and international festivals; and has garnered a dozen notable awards including the CINE Golden Eagle Award (previously awarded to Steven Spielberg and George Lucas), Best Documentary: New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, and Nominee: International Documentary Association (IDA) David L. Wolper Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award.
A Truth Once Silenced, Now Revealed
Freedom from Despair follows the journey of Kruno Brkusic, a Croatian Catholic who was repeatedly jailed by communists and managed to escape the country on foot, at age 17. As Kruno's homeland becomes scarred by war during the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991, he becomes a voice in the American media, trying to correct untrue propaganda and challenging the journalistic community to take a stand on human rights in that part of the world. We watch as Kruno and thousands of Croatian-Americans demonstrate on Capitol Hill during the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991, pushing George H.W. Bush to recognize Croatia while the nation watched the carnage on television. This film reveals the atrocities committed and hidden by the communist government of Yugoslavia and its allies piecing together a shocking truth that lay silenced for 60 years.
Freedom from Despair - A Darling of the Press

Freedom from Despair is a powerful, moving film, documenting a much neglected piece of modern history - Croatia's struggle for independence from the repression of Tito's Yugoslavia and the brutality of the Balkan War. Brenda Brkusic has created a memorable portrait of a people, a culture, and one man's hard-fought journey to freedom.

-David S. Ward, Academy Award Winning Filmmaker
Brenda Brkusic's documentary is an example of sublime filmmaking that poignantly tells the story of one brave man and translates his experience into powerful and compelling statements about the human spirit, political agendas, and global responsibility. Amnesty International commends Brenda for this filmic achievement and we hope that she continues to bring socially conscious films to the attention of audiences around the world."
-Bonnie Abaunza, Director of Artists for Amnesty International
"Brenda Brkusic is a young American filmmaker of Croatian decent who actually delved deep into the roots of the war in Croatia, unlike most foreign based directors who were lost in a myriad of ideological propaganda from all sides and left most things open ended and unanswered."
-Voice of Croatia Radio Program
"An eye-opening documentary" -OC Weekly
"A brilliant film" -The Tolucan Times
"A moving account" -The Studio City Sun
"Shocking...Exceptionally well-crafted" -Bay Area News

More information about the film at www.freedomfromdespair.com

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