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Jun 07

Age of Delirium

Join us for this special screening and a conversation with David Satter, author of Age of Delirium, the book upon which the film is based

AGE OF DELIRIUM – a documentary by Hudson Institute Senior Fellow David Satter – chronicles the fall of the Soviet Union as lived and experienced by the Soviet people. It tells the story of Alexander Shatravka, who crossed the Finnish border only to be handed back by the Finns and tortured in a mental hospital … the residents of the city of Shadrinsk, who believed in the Soviet ideology only to learn the reality of the Soviet system fighting in Afghanistan … and Ludvikas Simutis, who spent his entire life fighting for the independence of Lithuania after the murder of his father and many others.

Through these personal stories of the eerie reality of the Soviet Union’s fictitious world, AGE OF DELIRIUM shows what it meant to live in a society based on a false idea and the tragic consequences of the Soviet attempt to remake human nature. It describes the Brezhnev era, the influence of Gorbachev and perestroika, and concludes with the events of 1991, the massacre at the Vilnius television tower, the mass protests in Moscow and the August 1991 coup, all of which led to the December 25, 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.

Visiting Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, at The Heritage Foundation Read More