Channel Manager for
KOCE-TV’s OC Channel, to Screen her Original Film at Fourth
KOCE-TV Will Air this Award-Winning Documentary on Jan. 24, 2008 at 9 p.m.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. (October 2, 2007) – KOCE-TV announces that channel manager Brenda Brkusic will screen her award-winning documentary Freedom from Despair at the Fourth Annual International Summit on Economic Growth: “The Future of Transatlantic Relations” at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Freedom from Despair uncovers the long history of suppression and abuse of the Croatian people and their struggle for independence from Tito’s Yugoslavia, using as its focus the dramatized true story of Kruno Brkusic, Brenda’s father, who risked his life to escape the regime. The film is narrated by celebrated actors Michael York (Cabaret, Austin Powers), John Savage (The Deer Hunter, The Thin Red Line), and Beata Pozniak (JFK) and includes interviews with U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich. The screening will take place Thursday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel.
“Freedom from Despair has its public television debut on KOCE-TV Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 at 9 p.m. with an encore presentation Sunday, Jan. 27 at 12:30 p.m.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to present this story to European Union thought leaders, policy makers and prime ministers from various countries,” said Brkusic. ”It is my hope that the screening in Brussels will spark a dialogue between international leaders and that all in attendance might look at the history of that region in a new light after seeing the film.”
"Freedom from Despair uses first-hand interviews, stock footage, news reels and narrative recreations shot in the U.S. and Croatia to reveal the atrocities committed and hidden by the communist government of Yugoslavia and its allies —piecing together a shocking truth that lay silenced for 60 years. The film follows the journey of Kruno Brkusic, repeatedly jailed by communists, who managed to escape the country on foot with nothing more than a book of matches and a compass at age 17, later becoming a pro-Croatian activist in the United States. We watch as Kruno and thousands of Croatian-Americans demonstrate on Capitol Hill during the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991, pushing George H.W. Bush to recognize Croatia while the nation watched the carnage on television. Film interviewees include an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, US Congressmen, a priest, a concentration camp survivor, authors on Croatian history, as well as Kruno, his childhood friends, and his family.
Brenda Brkusic and “Freedom From Despair”
International Leaders Summit and Adriatic Institute for
The Adriatic Institute for Public Policy (AI) is an independent free market think tank founded in 2004 in Rijeka, Croatia and dedicated to advancing economic freedom and advocating free market reforms in Croatia and southeast Europe. AI focuses on promoting innovative thinking, and advancing principled and pro-growth solutions that have been successfully implemented in Eastern Europe's post-communist countries.
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