Embassy Hosts Screening of “Freedom’s Fury” Chronicling Hungary's 1956 Olympic Glory

Publicated on: October 26, 2016

On Tuesday, October 25, the Embassy of Hungary hosted a screening of the 2006 award-winning documentary “Freedom’s Fury.” Narrated by the legendary Olympic CHampion Swimmer Mark Spitz, “Freedom’s Fury” tells the story of the 1956 Revolution and follows the Hungarian water polo team’s journey to the Olympic finals in 1956 where they faced the Soviet Union in the now infamous “Blood in the Water Match.”

On Tuesday, October 25, Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi and the Embassy of Hungary hosted an exclusive screening of the 2006 film “Freedom’s Fury.” Set amid the backdrop of the 1956 Revolution, “Freedom’s Fury” tells the hard-hitting story of one of the most politicized sports matches ever played and the “Bloodiest Game in Olympic History.” In the film's emotional climax, “Freedom’s Fury” documents the hard-fought Olympic water polo grudge match between the Hungarians and the Soviets in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

Narrated by Olympic champion and Hungarian-American Mark Spitz, in attendance for the screening was former coach of the Hungarian water polo team Dr. Dénes Kemény. During Kemény’s reign from 1997-2012, the Hungarian team won at least a medal in 24 of its 29 major tournaments, including three Olympic gold medals in a row between 2000 and 2008. Dr. Dénes Kemény spoke about his coaching philosophy before the film’s screening and held a short Q&A with Co-Director of the film Colin Keith Gray and GWU Professor of Film Peter Rollberg afterward. Guests also had the opportunity to taste a selection of Hungarian wines and cheeses.

The fourth in a series of five films to be screened as part of the Embassy’s Film Festival. For more information about the Embassy of Hungary's Film Festival, please click HERE.

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