Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:46

Film raises awareness in the US on Lithuania’s post-war resistance

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“The Invisible Front”, a documentary about the doomed resistance movement that tried to block the Soviet takeover of Lithuania in the aftermath of World War II, has been touring across the US this month, generating some very positive reviews from the local press.

The Chicago Daily Herald notes that the driving force behind ‘Invisible Front’ is a dramatic material. 

“The post-World War II documentary "The Invisible Front" had everything going for it to become a riveting, bigger-than-life story. It had a classic, tragic romance set against the backdrop of the Soviet occupation of Lithuania. It had the classic, tragic story of three idealistic brothers who pledged to fight for the resistance. It had the classic, tragic David vs. Goliath tale of a small band of fighters taking on a powerful, seemingly unstoppable invading force.


The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as ”Complete with a charismatic hero and touching love story at its core” and that ”it ultimately succeeds in its important goal of detailing an occupation that went on for decades, ending only with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.”

At the Film Journal International, Simi Horwitz writes that The Invisible Front is a “compelling account of life in Soviet-occupied Lithuania and the mind-boggling sacrifice and stunning bravery of the partisans who fought the invading forces with no help from the outside world and virtually no hope of winning.”

The release of the documentary coincided with the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Many reviews note that “Invisible Front” reveals same fight for freedom 70 years ago.

As The New York Times puts it, notwithstanding the fact that, at the time, neither US, nor anybody else came to the rescue of the Soviet-occupied Lithuania, the film "holds lessons for anyone trying to resist an overwhelming force."

At The Los Angeles Times, Betsy Sharkey writes  that “it's impossible not to think of the current conflict in Ukraine watching "The Invisible Front", and concludes:

We look to documentaries like "The Invisible Front" — dense with detail, straightforward in laying out the issues — to put history in perspective. And in this case to illuminate a little-known page from it. Yet hearing one freedom fighter explain the high price of his family's resistance to the Soviets sounds as if it might have been ripped from headlines today.

Joe Bendel of the Epoch Times takes a similar line:  “As Putinist forces wage a dirty war against Ukraine, it is hard to avoid the sinking feeling of history repeating itself.”


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