Operation Wedding

March 13, 2018 at Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel

7 p.m. Film, Followed by Panel and Dessert Reception

Documentary / Israel/Latvia /2016

Director: Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov

Running Time: 63 minutes

Hebrew, English, and Russian with English subtitles


About The Film

It started as a fantasy, Operation Wedding: Under the disguise of a trip to a local family wedding, a group of 16 young dissidents would buy every ticket on a small 12-seater plane, so there would be no passengers but them, no innocents in harm’s way. The group’s pilot would take over the controls and fly the 16 runaways into the sky, over the Soviet border, on to Sweden, bound for Israel. Caught by the KGB a few steps from boarding, they were sentenced to years in the gulag and two were sentenced to death; they never got on a plane.

45 years later, filmmaker AnatZalmanson-Kuznetsov reveals the compelling story of her parents, leaders of the group, "heroes" in the West but "terrorists" in Russia, even today.