Support distributing the film “Operation Wedding”-one of the most pivotal chapters in Soviet Jewry

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The Jewcer campaign is finished but continues on our website with the same perks! Visit: www.operation-wedding-documentary.com

The film Operation Wedding was released in 2016. It only has one more year to screen in film festivals! Most international film festivals require the film to be 1-2 years old and so the clock is ticking

We’ve already sent film festivals but had run out of budget and so we need your help – help us keep this story alive, help us remind the new generation that an individual can make a difference and about Jewish solidarity that was so powerful it brought down the Iron Curtain!

It is extremely important to screen the film in festivals: it increase its chances to get more buyers for international cinemas and TV networks. Sending the film to festivals cost from $50-$250 just to apply and there are hundred of film festivals to apply to.

***Every donation will go towards distributing the film*

We will keep you updated about your donations

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ABOUT THE FILM 

 a documentary film by Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov — 63 minutes, 2016                    Languages: English, Hebrew, Russian  —  Subtitles: English, Russian, Hebrew, Latvian

Leningrad, 1970. A group of young Jewish dissidents plots to hijack an empty plane and escape the USSR. 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 Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov reveals the compelling story of her parents, leaders of the group, “heroes” in the West but “terrorists” in Russia, even today… read more

 

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  • OUR PERKS

Donors receive credit on the film’s website PRESS HERE to visit the credits page.

We have so many perks you can choose from: a private link to watch the research cut (exclusive), a personal dedication to your from Edward Kuznetsov on his book “Prison Diaries”, a personal dedication to your from Sylva Zalmanson on an original 70’s postcard of the artists Yosef Kozakovski’s painting of Sylva (only 7 left!), a DVD of the film and more.

Listen to Edward Kuznetsov reading from “Prison Diaries”:

Sylva zalmanson postcard

*The full story behind the postcard, an historical piece from the 70’s:  It was painted by the famous artist Yosef Kozakovski in 1968. Yosef was an activist in the Zionist underground in Riga. His house was always open for Jewish people to come, talk about Israel, read in Hebrew and dream of a better life.When he saw Sylva he insisted of drawing her. That was in 1968. A year later the Soviet government released him to Israel as part of their plan to get rid of all the dominant activists, thinking that they left the passive people who won’t do a thing. They were wrong. After Sylva was arrested, Yosef, who was in Israel, gave his drawing to create a postcard and most known image of Sylva during her time in Gulag.

 

If you have any suggestions for different perks – please contact us at >> email@anat-zk.com

 

  • WHO WE ARE

Producer Sasha Klein and Director Anat Zalmanson Kuznetsov - credit Adi Adar smallr

Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov,  Director & Producer
Anat was born in Israel to Sylva Zalmanson and Edward Kuznetsov, leaders of the Dymshits–Kuznetsov hijacking affair. She studied filmmaking at the London Film School and has been commercially successful in popular media and promotional productions with companies such as L’oreal and Clinique. She has also directed music videos for well known Israeli musicians such as Yermi Kaplan and Julietta. It’s been a long-standing ambition for her to tell the story of her parents in the medium of film.

Sasha Klein, Producer
Winner of Israeli Academy Award, Sasha Klein has been working as a Director and Producer since he immigrated to Israel from USSR in 1974.

Sasha Klein is the founder and the CEO of Sasha Klein Productions (1986) – one of the leading production companies in Israel. For more than 25 years Sasha Klein Productions LTD has developed and produced tens of narrative and documentary feature films and television programs.

Sasha teaches TV & Cinema production at COMAS – the College of Management Academic Studies, Israel. Films by Sasha Klein Productions have received numerous awards on several Israeli and international Film Festivals.

 

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  • February 17, 2017 12:53 pm

    Thanks to your donations we
    * applied to 12 international Film Festivals,
    * reached 72,799 trailers views on facebook
    * printed new posters and flyers

    New articles about the film: The Jewish Press, The Jewish Week, The Jewish Chronicle
    Check out our PRESS page to read them
    http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/press

    Be sure to tell your friends about Anat’s upcoming USA & Canada film tour! Starting Sunday February 26 at Columbia University, NY!
    More details about the tour and other updates: http://shoutout.wix.com/so/2Lep1_FO?cid=0

  • November 17, 2016 6:18 pm

    First update!
    Thanks to our first distribution donors, we applied the film to a 13 international festivals and boosted our promotion on social media for 2,000 new viewers who watched the film’s trailer!
    Also you are the first to know about a new screening in NYC next month: on Human Rights day, December 10th at 8pm at the Lincoln Square Synagogue.
    Following the screening will be a Q&A with Prisoner of Zion and group member Israel Zalmanson and Glenn Richter of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry!
    Tickets will be available for purchase next week.

    More screenings updates on the film’s website http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/

    Please tell your friends about the screenings and about this campaign to help us distribute the film!

    Shabbat Shalom!

2017-06-21
Anonymous donor
"Anat Kuznetsov Zalmanson"
2017-06-11
Anonymous donor
2017-05-29
Howard Kaufman
$100
2017-05-25
Marc Griefer
$25
2017-05-25
Michael Koifman
$100
"I am delighted to support keeping alive the memory of the courages Soviet Jews who paved the path for the rest of us."
2017-05-24
Charles Loukus
$100
2017-05-24
Marvin Verman
$100
2017-05-22
Gil Press
$50
2017-05-22
Anonymous donor
2017-05-21
Anonymous donor
2017-05-21
Laura Keen- Arenstein and Michael Arenstein
"In honor of Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov and her parents, Sylva Zalmanson and Edward Kuznetsov"
2017-05-21
Deena F. Greenberg
$50
2017-05-20
Genrich Krasko
$100
2017-05-19
Anonymous donor
$18
"May G0d bless you, Anat, and your parents for a long and healthy life!"
2017-05-19
Izabella Tabarovsky
"Dedicated to all the Jews of the Soviet Union who longed for freedom and dignity and those, both inside the Soviet Union and outside of it, who fought to make that a reality."
2017-05-18
phyllis & lenny horwitz
$200
2017-05-18
Anonymous donor
2017-05-17
Anonymous donor
$50
2017-05-17
michael salzhauer
$300
2017-05-08
Anonymous donor
"Dedicated to Anat for this AMAZING Documentary. Forever in our hearts!"
2017-05-07
Dr. Benjamin Barankin & Dr. Kimberly Liu
$1000
"Dedicated to my amazing parents Tatyana & Froim Barankin who fought for freedom in Leningrad at the same time as these events were taking place."
2017-05-07
Edba abd Davud Magder
$200
"In memory of Roberta Bucovetsky wh worked tirelessly in behalf of Soviet Jewry"
2017-05-07
Susan Applebaum
2017-05-07
Anonymous donor
$100
2017-05-02
Anonymous donor
2017-05-01
Anonymous donor
"For all of my friends from the FSU"
2017-04-14
Anonymous donor
2017-04-02
Lindsay & Harvey Weiner
"Mazel Tov to Anat on creating such an incredible documentary film. Looking forward to seeing you soon."
2017-04-02
Anonymous donor
2017-03-22
Wendy R. Eisen
$1000
"Mazal Tov to Anat Zalmanson Kuznetsov for creating this documentary to educate today's generation about the power of non-violent protest that resulted in the liberation of Soviet Jewry.er of"
2017-03-14
Anonymous donor
2017-03-01
Stan Peterburgsky
$100
"Great job! Please see my facebook message."
2017-03-01
Veronica Volpert
$36
2017-02-25
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2017-02-24
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2017-02-22
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2017-02-22
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2017-02-15
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2017-02-09
BARBARA & CECIL GOLD
2017-02-09
rosemary and harry klahr
2017-01-15
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2017-01-02
Anonymous donor
"With love and support"
2016-12-19
Anonymous donor
$1000
"Sikva, You were great in what you did and are still great as an artist!"
2016-12-11
Paula Gantz
$100
2016-12-07
Anonymous donor
"To all the Heroes, thanks to whom I and many thousands of others are free. G-d bless you."
2016-11-30
Anonymous donor
2016-11-27
Anonymous donor
2016-11-25
Gennady Grevnin
2016-11-17
Sara Averick
$120
"In memory of my Aunt Rochel Mark"
2016-11-16
Anonymous donor
2016-11-15
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2016-11-11
Anonymous donor
$100
2016-11-04
Mark Miller
$555
2016-11-04
Alona Cohen
$150
2016-11-04
Ilya Zinger
$200

Support distributing the film “Operation Wedding”-one of the most pivotal chapters in Soviet Jewry

$8,291   raised
GOAL: $8,000

56

 Donors

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Anat Zalmanson Kuznetsov - Director & Producer
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I carry both my parents’ names.Ever since my days in film school, I always knew that one of the most important films that I'll someday do, my life's project – would be the film about my parents attempt to escape the Soviet Union.A personal family story, that belongs to world's history.Growing up, everybody knew about this event, but over the years it started to fade away from the public's collective memory.Though there are many films trying to describe this fascinating story, they only give a short 5 minute description and the only full length films about this event were made in Russia 2010. Those films are calling the group members "terrorists" and they re-write history – false imaginary history. Or as my father calls it "A documentary fairytale".Only when I started working on this film, I began to fully understand the meaning of what this group had done, and the sacrifice they had taken upon themselves. I found rare archives, interviewed former KGB key members that claimed that: "…There was no problem, of immigration in the USSR. Only about 20 people in the whole USSR were denied exit visa." (Philipp Boblov, former KGB deputy chairmen) I discovered details and political secrets and are still not known and realized that the faith of public memory is on my shoulders. This is an inspiring story that remind us all that civilians have power and even one person can change history, but would have to be willing to pay the price…

  • Suggest a new perk or use for your donation
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    We'd be happy to hear about new ways to distribute the film, create a new perk or a new perk mix for your donation. contact Anat at: email@anat-zk.com

  • Do it yourself, your time is your donation: Add subtitles for the trailer!
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    We have the trailer in: English. Russian & Hebrew. If you have a couple of hours, we'll send you a transcript and you can translate to your language! We will upload the trailer and credit you on our website and in the video description. http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1

  • Reaching more than 1500 new audience!
    5 claimed

    Your donation will be used for boosting the film's trailer before a screening to a new local audience, so more people would come to see the film. Your donation can reach an estimated 1500-3000 people! personal thank you email and a thank you on the film's facebook page

  • Your Credit in Operation Wedding website
    7 claimed

    Your donation will used for submitting Operation Wedding for an international film festival and we will credit you in the film's website: http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1 + A private link to watch Operation Wedding and a private link to view the exclusive 3 hours research cut! Available only after the film has finished touring in your country. *We are happy to hear about different perks suggestions you may have*

  • For history buffers - the private research cut! + online link to film
    17 claimed

    Your donation will be used to submit "Operation Wedding" to an International Film Festival, and we will send you a private links to watch the film and a private link for the exclusive 3 hours research cut: this is for history lovers, those who really like to learn every detail of this complicated story! Please note that the research cut is not a film - simply a collection of interviews and archives that unfold the full story. Available only after the film has finished premiering in your country. + Credit in the film's website: http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1 *We are happy to hear about different perks suggestions you may have*

  • Do it yourself: translate the website!
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    We are happy to add more languages to our website. Right now it's in: English, Hebrew and Russian. If you have a few hours, we'll send you the text for you to translate to your language. We still need to actually create those pages after you send us the translation, which would cost $150. We will credit you on the film's website http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1 + A private link to watch Operation Wedding and a private link to view the exclusive 3 hours research cut! Available only after the film has finished premiering in your country.

  • Original 70's Sylva Zalmanson postcard, personally dedicated to you!
    3 claimed out of 7 available

    Your donation will used for submitting Operation Wedding to 2 international film festivals and we will send you an ORIGINAL POSTCARD from the 70's, with a painting of Sylva Zalmanson by the great artist Yosef Kozakovski, with a personal DEDICATION and signature by Sylva Zalmanson to you! + A private link to watch Operation Wedding and a private link to view the exclusive 3 hours research cut! Available only after the film has finished premiering in your country. + Credit in the film's website: http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1 *We are happy to hear about different perks suggestions you may have*

  • Personal signed Kuznetsov's book personally dedicated to you!
    2 claimed out of 5 available

    "Prison Dairies" was written and smuggled to the west while Edward was in prison. After shipping expenses, your donation will used for submitting Operation Wedding to 3 international film festivals and we will send you "Prison Diaries" with a personalized dedication and signature by Edward Kuznetsov. + A private link to watch Operation Wedding and a private link to view the exclusive 3 hours research cut! Available only after the film has finished premiering in your country. + Credit in the film's website: http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1 *We are happy to hear about different perks suggestions you may have*

  • Lecture & presentation by Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov: one hour
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    Your donation will be use for submitting Operation Wedding to four international film festivals! would arrive to lecture about Operation Wedding event in depth including some scenes that were cut out of the film. The lecture can be in English or Hebrew, travel fee and expenses not including - Anat is located in Israel but will tour USA & Canada this spring. + A private link to watch Operation Wedding and a private link to view the exclusive 3 hours research cut! Available only after the film has finished premiering in your country. + Credit in the film's website: http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1

  • Host a private screening in English, Hebrew or Russian!
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    Your donation will used for submitting Operation Wedding to 5 international film festivals and you will receive the film's DVD to host a private screening of Operation Wedding in English, Russian or Hebrew! (**Private screening - up to 10 people. Public screenings are only available through the films distribution company Go2Films and will not be considered as a donation. Please email us if you wish to host a public screening email@anat-zk.com) *גרסה בעברית עכשיו זמינה לישראל בלבד* + A private link to watch the 3 hours research cut (for history buffers). + Credit in the film's website: http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1 + Option to host Anat Z.K. for a Q&A, not including travel fee *We are happy to hear about different perks suggestions you may have*

  • Translate the film to another language & host a screening!
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    We have subtitles in: English, Russian, Hebrew and Latvian. Adding another language means increasing screenings in more countries. We will use your donation to pay for a subtitle company to translate and time the language of your choice and you can host one screening! + Add your credit in the film end credits translated version and on our website: http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1 Extra perks: + A private link to watch Operation Wedding and a private link to view the exclusive 3 hours research cut! Available only after the film has finished premiering in your country. *We are happy to hear about different perks suggestions you may have*

  • Postcard + Credit + Host a private screening
    2 claimed

    Your donation will used for submitting Operation Wedding to 9 international film festivals! You will receive the film's DVD to host a private screening of Operation Wedding in English, Russian or Hebrew! (**Public screenings are only available through the films distribution company Go2Films and are not considered as a donation. Please email us if you wish to host a public screening email@anat-zk.com) *גרסה בעברית עכשיו זמינה לישראל בלבד* Extra perks: + An ORIGINAL POSTCARD from the 70's, with a painting of Sylva Zalmanson by the great artist Yosef Kozakovski, with a personal DEDICATION and signature by Sylva Zalmanson to you! + A private link to watch Operation Wedding and a private link to view the exclusive 3 hours research cut! Available only after the film has finished premiering in your country, + Credit in the film's website: http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1 *We are happy to hear about different perks suggestions you may have*

  • Screenings at schools
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    Your donation will used for screening the film in 4 schools, including a Q&A with Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov! We're working on adding the film into the education system, but until that happens the schools have no budget. You can choose which school you'd like Anat to come and screen the film, as long as it's either in Israel or during her tour in London, US or Canada. We will send you the film's poster (size A4 to fit your photo album) dedicated to you and singed by Sylva Zalmanson, Edward Kuznetsov and Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov Extra perks: + An ORIGINAL POSTCARD from the 70's, with a painting of Sylva Zalmanson by the great artist Yosef Kozakovski, with a personal DEDICATION and signature by Sylva Zalmanson to you! + A private link to watch Operation Wedding and a private link to view the exclusive 3 hours research cut! Available only after the film has finished premiering in your country, + Credit in the film's website: http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1 *We are happy to hear about different perks suggestions you may have*

  • Social Media promotion!
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    Your donation will be used for promoting the film's trailer in Social Media, placed as ads facebook, youtube and on on various websites - this in essential part in distribution of today's world! Two tickets to Operation Wedding cinema screening of your choice (not including travel expenses). Extra perks: + The film's poster (size A4) dedicated to you and singed by Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, Sylva Zalmanson and Edward Kuznetsov! + Send you a private link to watch Operation Wedding and a private link to view the exclusive 3 hours research cut! Available only after the film has finished premiering in your country, + An ORIGINAL POSTCARD from the 70's, with a painting of Sylva Zalmanson by the great artist Yosef Kozakovski, with a personal DEDICATION and signature by Sylva Zalmanson to you! + Credit you in the film's website: http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1 *We are happy to hear about different perks suggestions you may have*

  • Fly the film and Anat Z.K. to a film market!
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    Film markets are a very good option to sell the film for international TV networks. Sometimes we get to present a scene or a trailer to a panel and sometimes we have the film in the festival's brochure. Your donation can cover 2-3 film markets expenses of travel and accommodation. In addition for attending the film market we will try to host a local screening for the Jewish community so we'll catch two birds at once! Your perks: + Credit in the film's website http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1 + 2 tickets to Operation Wedding cinema screening of your choice (not including travel expenses). + The film's poster (size of your choice) dedicated to you and singed by Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, Sylva Zalmanson and Edward Kuznetsov! + DVD and a private link to watch Operation Wedding and a private link to view the exclusive 3 hours research cut! Available only after the film has finished premiering in your country, + An ORIGINAL POSTCARD from the 70's, with a painting of Sylva Zalmanson by the great artist Yosef Kozakovski, with a personal DEDICATION and signature by Sylva Zalmanson to you! *We are happy to hear about different perks suggestions you may have*

  • Associate Producer credit!
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    Your donation will be used for sending a film presenter to promote the documentary in film markets, submitting Operation Wedding to 30 international film festivals, promoting the film in social media, covering expenses for making professional screening copies of the film / sending it to festivals and more! In addition to your Associate Producer credit in the film's website (+logo of your company) http://www.operation-wedding-documentary.com/credits-1 Extra perks: + 4 tickets to Operation Wedding cinema screening of your choice (not including travel expenses). + The film's poster (size of your choice) dedicated to you and singed by Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, Sylva Zalmanson and Edward Kuznetsov! + DVD and a private link to watch Operation Wedding and a private link to view the exclusive 3 hours research cut! Available only after the film has finished premiering in your country, + An ORIGINAL POSTCARD from the 70's, with a painting of Sylva Zalmanson by the great artist Yosef Kozakovski, with a personal DEDICATION and signature by Sylva Zalmanson to you! *We are happy to hear about different perks suggestions you may have*

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