The Way Back
Part of the 3rd Annual Free Thinking Film Festival 2012
November 3, 2012, 12:30 PM
Library & Archives Canada
395 Wellington, Ottawa
Admission: $12 or with Festival Pass.
Starring Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, and Saoirse Ronan and directed by Peter Weir, this epic and moving film based on real events tells the story of a group of Polish, American, and Russian political prisoners who escaped from a brutal Soviet gulag in 1941 and walked 4000 miles from Siberia to India and freedom. An extraordinary paean to liberty, The Way Back's courageous protagonists repeatedly affirm their willingness to die in freedom rather than live out their lives in the slavery of Soviet communism. The film's concluding montage depicting the events of the Cold War is a long overdue acknowledgment from Hollywood of how the fall of European communism freed millions of Poles, Czechs, Russians, and Eastern Europeans.
"Epic, bold filmmaking at its very best"
A.O. Scott, New York Times
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