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Award-Winning Documentary: Dracula­s Shadow: The Real Story Behind the Romanian Revolution Begins Three-Week North American Fundraising Tour


2010-04-25
Award-Winning Documentary: Dracula­s Shadow: The Real Story Behind the Romanian Revolution Begins Three-Week North American Fundraising Tour
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A pivotal chapter in HHRF’­s 34 years of service is revealed in Árpád Szőczi’­s compelling documentary \"Dracula­s Shadow: The Real Story Behind the Romanian Revolution\" debuting now across Canada and the U.S.

For the first time, Director/Producer Szőczi has gathered those who were involved in the unraveling of Nicolae Ceausescu’­s oppressive regime in Romania. This ninety-minute film tells the story of how one clandestine interview with Hungarian Protestant Minister László Tőkés in Timisoara changed history.

Throughout the month of May, audiences will have thirteen incredible opportunities see the award-winning documentary that - twenty years after the fall of communism - documents the truths behind the events that led up to 1989 Romanian revolution, through never before seen interviews with former top officials.

The chilling Cold War account begins with the secret mission of two French-Canadians - former Quebec Cabinet Minister Michel Clair and Radio-Canada reporter Réjean Roy - sent in March 1989 to Timisoara, Romania. They were sent to secretly videotape an interview with Tőkés, a leading member of Romania ­s large Hungarian minority, under intense secret police surveillance. True Soviet-style intrigue and subterfuge ensued. The story of how those tapes were released has never been told, until now. No Western media would air the interview, but when Hungarian TV finally did, it led to the history-turning, secret police-defying demonstrations of December 15 where hundreds defended the dissident pastor. The film also discloses the names of former informers and spies, thanks to the Securitate files now being released.

The director will be present at all screenings to answer questions and speak further about his fascinating two-year journey to produce the film.

The following is a list of the film\'s screenings.

Monday, May 3rd, 7 pm
Montreal, Quebec
Hungarian United Church
50 Boulevard Graham
Mont-Royal, PQ

Tuesday, May 4th, 7 pm
Ottawa, Ontario
Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre
43 Capital Drive
Ottawa, ON

Friday, May 6th, 7:30 pm
Windsor, Ontario
Hungarian Cultural Centre
Mindszenty Hall
790 Hanna E
Windsor, ON

Sunday, May 9th, 4 pm
Kelowna, BC
Okanagan Hungarian House
1670 Ross Road
Kelowna, BC

Wednesday, May 12th, 7 pm
San Francisco, CA
Woodside Priory
302 Portola Road
Portola Valley, CA

Thursday, May 13th, 7 pm
San Diego, CA
Hall of Nations
2191 Pan American Road West
San Diego, CA

Friday, May 14th, 6 pm
Los Angeles, CA
United Hungarian House
1975 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, May 15th, 7 pm
Seattle, WA**
First Congregational Church of Bellevue
752 - 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA

Sunday, May 16th, 7 pm
Toronto, ON
Hungarian Canadian Cultural Centre
840 St. Clair Ave West
Toronto, ON

Monday, May 17th, 6:30 pm
Cleveland, OH
West Side Hungarian Reformed Church
15300 Puritas Avenue
Cleveland, OH

Tuesday, May 18th, 7:30 pm
New Brunswick, NJ
American Hungarian Foundation
300 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ

Thursday, May 20th, 7 pm
New York, NY
New York Hungarian House
213 East 82nd Street
New York, NY

Friday, May 21st, 7:30 pm
Wallingford, CT
Hungarian Community Club
147 Ward Street
Wallingford, CT

For more information and dates, please see: www.hhrf.org or call (212) 289-5488.
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