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The Ambassador-Biopic

A biopic about Samantha Smith, the 10-yr old American girl from Maine who visited the Soviet Union during the Cold War of the 1980s.

The Ambassador-Biopic

A biopic about Samantha Smith, the 10-yr old American girl from Maine who visited the Soviet Union during the Cold War of the 1980s.

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Synopsis: November, 1982. LEONID BREZHNEV has died. With his passing, YURI ANDROPOV takes his place as leader of the communist party, becoming the first former head of the KGB to hold the position of the most powerful man in the Soviet Union. There seems to be no end to the Cold War in sight, and tensions are escalating between Russia and the United States. In the middle of it all is a curious yet courageous young girl in Maine who fears the worst is yet to come. She is ten year-old SAMANTHA SMITH. 

 Samantha asks her mother, JANE, why someone doesn’t simply communicate with Andropov about his intentions, if any, with regards to a war against the United States. Jane then makes the suggestion that Samantha herself write a letter to Andropov so that she may pose her questions and concerns to the Soviet general secretary himself. Samantha does so, and promptly mails the letter. 

Months go by without a reply. Then, one spring day, Samantha is summoned to her local post office, where a large envelope has arrived for her, via the Soviet Embassy in Washington D.C. Not only has Andropov answered her letter, but he has also extended a personal invitation for Samantha to visit the Soviet Union. He wants Samantha to see that Soviets want peace on Earth as well. With her parents in tow, Samantha embarks on her journey to the Soviet Union. 

Upon arrival to Moscow, Samantha is mobbed by the press. It’s like a rock star has come to town. The Soviets embrace this wonderful American child as their own. She and her parents receive nothing but first class treatment, from touring Red Square to watching a performance by the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad. However, the highlight of trip is when Samantha visits Artek, a kid’s summer camp on the edge of the Crimean Peninsula. There she is met with open arms by the best and brightest kids from all over the Soviet Union. 

Having experienced a once in a lifetime adventure, Samantha and her parents arrive back in the United States. Yet, it seems that not everyone is happy with her efforts, as right wing conservatives accuse Andropov of using Samantha as propaganda pawn for his Communist agenda. Some even go so far as to label her a traitor. Determined to make a difference, Samantha agrees to be a special correspondent for a Disney Channel special where she interviews candidates during the primaries for the 1984 presidential elections. It is not long before Hollywood takes note of her charm, and Samantha finds herself embarking on an acting career. 

One evening, JANE is at home waiting for her husband ,ARTHUR, and Samantha to arrive. They are flying back from England, where Samantha was filming a television show on location with movie star Robert Wagner. Unfortunately, she and her father are killed when their plane crashes less than a mile from its destination. Samantha was only 13 years old. 

Risks and challenges

This is the largest endeavor that I have ever taken on in my life, artistically or otherwise. I realize that there are numerous risks and obstacles on the horizon. To be honest, I have no predetermined course of action for any scenario that may arrise. However, one thing I do know is how passionate I am about this project.

I first read about Samantha 6 years ago, and I could not understand how I'd never heard of her before. It was a story that gave me hope. This kid was a light the world needed during some dark times, and we need her voice once again. I intend to make every effort so that her story can be brought to screens around the world.

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