Embassy Hosts Screening of Oscar-Nominated Film "Torn from the Flag”

Publicated on: November 3, 2016

On Wednesday, November 2, the Embassy of Hungary hosted a screening of the 2007 award-winning documentary “Torn from the Flag.” Nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Documentary, “Torn from the Flag” chronicles the historical legacy of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight and its subsequent influence on the international decline of Communism.

On Wednesday, November 2, Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi and the Embassy of Hungary hosted an exclusive screening of the 2007 documentary “Torn from the Flag.” A sociopolitical historical documentary-thriller about the international decline of communism and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, “Torn from the Flag” includes interviews and footage of such prominent figures as Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, and Imre Pozsgay. Premiering in Hollywood at the American Film Institute’s film festival, AFI Fest, tickets to “Torn from the Flag” sold out in less than 45 minutes. To date, the film has been invited to participate in 20 festivals and is the recipient of 8 awards.

In attendance for the film’s screening was multiple award-winning filmmaker and Director of “Torn from the Flag,” Klaudia Kovács. Following the film, Ms. Kovács held a Q&A with audience members and spoke about the immense challenges involved in the nine years of the making of the project that included piecing together documentary footage of the 1956 Revolution and interviews with former freedom fighters and policymakers.  

“Torn from the Flag” was the fifth and final film screened by the Embassy of as part of its Film Festival honoring the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight.

The film, Torn from the Flag, can be viewed HERE.