Screening of the Film - "For our Hopeless Cause"

by Nicolas Miletich

MO museum, Vilnius, October 29, 2020

This is a film about dissidents - a small group of people who had the courage and resilience to fight for freedom and human rights in the Soviet Union in the 1960-1980s, when the KGB was omnipotent and the protests of individual activists seemed hopeless. Some of them are known throughout the world: nuclear physicist Andrei Sakharov or writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn. But behind them stood hundreds of others who risked their freedom, spent years in labor camps and psychiatric wards, fighting for their beliefs and ideals.
Russians, Ukrainians, Jews, Orthodox, Adventists ... They published underground magazines, were members of banned religious organizations, defended their right to express their views openly and preserve their language and culture. The stories of these people are the history of the resistance movement, the history of the struggle for freedom in a non-free country.

“In fact, our world was built very simply. There were people who were ready to pay a prison term for such an ephemeral thing as self-esteem. And there were those who were not ready to do this. That's all. I have no complaints against them. Man is weak by nature, ”says dissident Sergei Kovalev.
The film stars Alexander Lavut, Lyudmila Alekseyeva, Sergey Kovalev, Natalya Gorbanevskaya, Joseph Begun, father Gleb Yakunin, Yuri Orlov, Rostislav Galetsky, Vera Lashkova, Alexander Ogorodnikov, Arina Ginzburg, Alexander Podrabinek, Vasil Ovsienko, Semyon Gluzman, Nikolai Miletich, Sergey Khodorovsky.
Country - France
Russian language, English subtitles
Screenwriter and director - Nicolas Miletich

Nicolas Miletitch

  • Born in 1953 - Journalist at Agence France-Presse (AFP)
  • Correspondent in Moscow for AFP from 1978 to 1981. Expelled from the USSR because of his relations with the dissidents.
  • Director of the Belgrade office of AFP from 1988 to 1994. Covers the revolution in Romania, the fall of communism in Albania and the wars in Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia). Expelled from Serbia in 1994 by President Slobodan Milosevic.
    From 1988 to 2001, director of AFP in Moscow, for Russia and the countries of the former USSR.
  • From 2006 to 2010 Central editor of the AFP.
  • From 2010 to 2018, director of AFP in Moscow.
  • Author of the book "Trafficking and crimes in the Balkans" - Presses Universitaires de France - 1988
  • Author of the film "The Secret History of the Gulag Archipelago" (with Jean Crépu) 2008
  • Author of the film “To the success of our desperate cause” 2018

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