Torn from the Flag
Below is an email request I received about an award winning independent film titled, TORN FROM THE FLAG.
Considering today is the anniversary of VE Day, this notice highlights the fragility of not just Hungarian independence, but that of the entire European continent which bends it's knee to Eurabia-fascism.
TORN FROM THE FLAG
A trailer for the documentary film, TORN FROM THE FLAG about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
IMDb website at www.imdb.com/title/tt0468559/
About Hungary's struggle for a national identity against the domination of Soviet Communism with special focus on the successful armed popular rebellion of October 1956 that was put down when the Soviets invaded Budapest. A handful of impassioned survivors tell how they went from being idealistic communists to
being fierce anti-government freedom fighters, and then the victims of brutal repression. Then in 1989, the fall of the Soviet Empire occured that was partly lead by Hungarian activists crossing the border into Austria. Those who survived the crackdown in 1956 and who were alive to witness the events of 1989 finally feel that their sufferings and sacrifices have borne fruit and that their country has been redeemed.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
This quick progress report is to update you on the latest developments on Torn from the Flag, the 96-minute documentary film about the decline of communism and the significant global effects of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight.
It is with great sorrow that we inform you that Arisztid von Atkáry, one of the interviewees appearing in Torn from the Flag, passed away at 82 after a long illness. The production honors Freedom Fighter Arisztid von Atkáry!
We're continuously asked why the film is not shown in Hungary. We feel obligated to our supporters to shed light on the matter: Hungary's current post-communist government continues to sabotage the distribution of Torn from the Flag; that is why there have been no screenings in Hungary yet. A Hungarian-language interview with Klaudia Kovacs about the topic has now become available online: http://www.mno.hu/portal/624215?searchtext=
There are many examples of the government's sabotage. Not many people know that after Torn from the Flag premiered in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Hungarian Consulate forbade filmmaker Klaudia Kovacs from setting foot in the Consulate. The current government is full of (former) communists, including Los Angeles Consul General Balázs Bokor, so we're not surprised at the violation of another citizen's constitutional rights.
While the Consul regularly organizes premieres and film screenings for other films, he refuses to do so for Torn from the Flag. Although the film focuses on the decline of communism, the Consulate also refused to include Torn from the Flag in the cultural event series commemorating the 1989 events in Eastern Europe.
The Los Angeles Consulate is not the only Hungarian consulate that discriminates against Torn from the Flag. The Chicago Consul refused to support the film's participation in the Chicago Film Festival, which we had hoped back then to get into.
Last, but not least, the Cultural and Educational Ministry of Hungary, the producer of the 2009 U.S. program series "Year of Hungarian Culture," boycotted the film and refused to include Torn from the Flag, the most award-winning '56 Hungarian documentary, in their events.
These obstacles do not hold us back; as a matter of fact they inspire us even more to be unstoppable! We know that the greater the resistance the greater the importance of the film and the eventual breakthrough.
We're moving forward with the Hungarian translation and with the DVD release! Please let us know if you are interested in a DVD by sending an email to
Let your friends know, too, that the DVD will be available soon. Most importantly, any communities or schools that want to do a screening, write to us immediately.
IMPORTANT! We need two English- and/or Hungarian-speaking, meticulous volunteers to help with distribution and internet research--location can be anywhere. Preferably 10-20 hours a week; flexible schedule; working from home
Torn from the Flag is now on Wikipedia
and on Twitter. Facebook is coming soon as well!
We will be sending out a regular newsletter soon, mentioning all the fantastic individuals who keep us going with their help, love and enthusiasm. Stay tuned for more from the unstoppable team of Torn from the Flag, which stands firmly for true democracy in Hungary!
Torn from the Flag