Runner Up: Audience Award DOC NYC 2020

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE |  In 1970, off the coast of Cape Cod, Lithuanian sailor Simas Kudirka jumped from his Soviet ship onto a US Coast Guard vessel seeking asylum. Denied refuge by the American crew, Simas was sentenced to a Soviet labor camp for treason, sparking an international cause célèbre. As his dramatic case played out in the media and up through the highest levels of the US government, this ordinary man became a symbol for freedom-seeking refugees everywhere. 

Watch an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Director Giedre Žickyte.

DOC NYC Live event: Monday, Nov. 23 at 1 ET on Facebook Live– Filmmaker Giedre Žickyte and Uldis Cekulis discuss this Cold War story about a Lithuanian sailor Simas Kudirka who tried to jump onto a US Coast Guard vessel to seek asylum.

Director: Giedre Žickyte
Executive Producer: Vesna Cudic, Daniel Chalfen
Producer: Giedre Žickyte, Uldis Cekulis
Cinematographer: Rimvydas Leipus
Editor: Thomas Ernst, Danielius Kokanauskis
Music: Kipras Mašanauskas
Language: English, Lithuanian
Country: France, Latvia, Lithuania
Year: 2020
Sales Agent: MetFilm Sales