Hungary Goes Hollywood

Earlier this evening, I attended the Washington premiere of Freedom’s Fury, a new documentary about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The film is narrated through the context of that year’s Olympic water polo match between Hungary and the Soviet Union, which at the time of the match had just brutally crushed Hungary’s democratic revolution. The “fury” is the Hungarian players’ rage at the Russians’ bullying of their country, and it plays out in the pool — kind of like the “Miracle on Ice,” but much nastier. The Hungarian Embassy, which co-hosted tonight’s screening, presented Lucy Liu, one of the film’s executive producers, and filmmakers Colin Keith Gray and Megan Raney Arons with official commendations from the (now democratic) Hungarian government. To learn more about the film, watch the trailer.