During the Cold War the Iron Curtain was shut, leaving the people of the USSR hidden and isolated from the world. Many wanted to escape from this isolation but their rights and liberty had been taken away. The feature documentary "Next Year In Jerusalem" tells the story of a group of 15 Soviet civilians, mostly Jewish, who in 1970 had the courage to stand up and fight for their freedom. They plotted to charter a plane, throw out the pilots before takeoff, and fly it to Sweden, knowing they faced a huge risk of being captured or shot down. They proceeded in the hopes that this action would give them a platform to inform the world of the conditions behind the Iron Curtain. They were arrested near Leningrad, imprisoned in Siberian work camps and two of them where sentenced to death. However, their message got out and as a direct result of their bravery, world pressure forced the USSR to open its curtain and throughout the 1970's 163,000 Jews immigrated (Aliya) to Israel. It started with the action of a few, the few became many, and the echoes of their bravery have reverberated through history. This documentary, directed by the daughter of the group’s leaders, will tell the whole story for the first time.
Who's In The Film:
This documentary contains interviews with most of the remaining members of the 16 freedom fighters, but focuses mainly on Sylva Zalmanson who was the face of the revolution, and Eduard Kuznetzov, who was the leader of the group and Sylva’s husband at the time.
“Next Year In Jerusalem” tells the courageous story of an ordinary woman who became the face of a revolution. Sylva Zalmanson was raised in Riga, Latvia during the height of Communism. Sylva remembers the atmosphere in Riga and most of the USSR, "was that of fear, lies and hypocrisy. We wanted to get rid of it and live in a free country and we envied everyone who was lucky enough to leave the place." The words spoken at Passover, "Next Year in Jerusalem," were written on Sylva's heart from a young age. She was the only woman tried at the Leningrad trials of 1970, and was the first to take the stand. When the prosecutors tried to bribe her with a reduced sentence in return for a pleas of Amnesty she responded by saying "If you would not deny us our right to leave Russia, this group wouldn't exist. We would just leave to Israel with no desire of hijacking a plane or any other thing that's illegal. Even here, on trial, I still believe I'll make it someday to Israel. I feel I'm the Jewish people's heiress so I'll quote our saying "Next Year In Jerusalem" and "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill."
Eduard Kuznetzov: A natural born leader who was always at the center of events. Everything seemed possible when someone like him was leading and organizing actions. Before the event in 1970 he had already served 7 years in prison for disseminating a dissident newspaper against the regime, the newspaper was called Phoenix. After his release he was under constant surveillance by the KGB and was considered the leader of the event that took place in 1970.
I hope "Next Year In Jerusalem" moves you to stand up and fight for what you believe in. It tells the inspirational story of individuals who risked everything for liberty.
WHO WE ARE
Anat Kuznetzov-Zalmanson: The Director of the film. It has been her life goal to make this movie about the journey of her parents. This will be her first feature documentary. Anat studied film-making in London Film School and has had a successful career in the music video and commercial industry.
Brian Lucky Skillen: The Executive Producer of the documentary. His works include the "Where We Danced" series.
Julie Cohen: The Creative Consultant on the film.A two time Emmy award winning director and producer whose most famous works include, "The Jews of New York," one of the most-watched films ever aired on WNET.
WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT OUR PROJECT
This film is very important for the history of all mankind, since it was one of the major turning points that changed the whole mentality of Soviet Jewry. They started a huge fight, which consequently changed the whole Jewish world of the 20th century. Including the Jewish communities of America, Canada, Australia and of course Israel. This film will serve as an important vehicle for a wide audience to understand how the global Soviet Jewry movement got its start. It will illustrate how the actions of students and housewives motivated leaders of influence in the free world, and ultimately led to the parting of the Iron Curtain.
The Documentary is in its beginning phases and we need to raise $100,000 for the initial shoot in Israel, New York, and Russia. It is important to us to interview all the remaining members of the group, the KGB agents who were involved in the incident, and the activists who fought for the freedom of the soviet Jews. We want to make the best film possible and include all sides of the story. We will also have many other expenses including archival footage and insurance to name a few. Please help us to turn this film into a reality.
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES:
Filming interviews in Israel, New York, and Russia: This is going to be our largest expense. We will be traveling with a four person crew and expect this portion of our budget to reach $75,000.00.
Archival footage: Archival footage is the next biggest expense left to be paid in this documentary. Most of the archival footage contained in this film will be $1,500 per min to use. This adds up after a while, but we definitely think it's worth using. The more money we raise the more footage we can add.
Insurance: Average insurance for an archival documentary is $4,000. It is a necessity for archival documentaries to have insurance just in case some copyrighted material gets past us.
Film festival submissions: Wouldn’t you love to see this film somewhere near you? So would we.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS:
People pledge any amount and choose a reward. At the end of our Kickstarter campaign, if the combined total of all pledges for our project meets our $100,000 goal, then the credit cards of those who pledge are charged and we receive the funds to make our film. If we don't meet our goal, then the money is not withdrawn from your account and no rewards are provided. If we exceed our $100,000 goal then the extra funds will be used to make the movie even better. Aside from a 5% Kickstarter fee and a 3-5% Amazon credit card processing fee, all funds raised will be used directly in the production of the film.
Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made? YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.
What happens if all the money isn’t raised in time? Unfortunately, NOTHING. If our entire $100k goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and no movie is made. We know you won't let this happen!
Can we exceed the goal? YES! What an amazing problem to have. Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. Even though $100k is already a lot of money, it is still bargain-basement for what we are trying to do, and more money would mean less begging, borrowing and stealing.
How do you contact us? Glad you asked! You can contact us directly at Contact@next-year-in-Jerusalem-movie.com We check it. We will get back to you. We promise!
Other ways to help: Spread the word! Tell everyone you know how awesome this project is. Like us on facebook blow up the Twittersphere with "Next Year in Jerusalem", blog it, or promote it any way you can think of. Everything helps!
в следующем году в Иерусалиме - документальный фильм
במאית הסרט "לשנה הבאה בירושלים" - ענת ז"ק (זלמנסון-קוזניצוב)
Risks and challenges
Some of the risks and challenges that have a possibility of coming up with this project are: getting interviews with key members involved, filming in foreign countries, obtaining archival footage, obtaining music rights, and post production including audio mixing, color correction, and final conform. Our plan and resources for overcoming these challenges are outlined below.
1) Getting interviews with key members involved: This is a relatively easy challenge for us to overcome, as this is a very personal project to the director. It is the story of her mother, her father and her uncles. It is the story of her family. Those members who weren't part of the director's immediate family are still in close contact with them and they all meet in Israel once a year for a reunion. We intend to be at this meeting. We have also fostered relationships with activist groups who demonstrated for the freedom of the prisoners, as well as news agencies who can put us in contact with the KGB agents who were assigned to this case. The only thing stopping us from getting these interviews is your pending donation.
2) Filming in foreign countries: Besides filming in the US we would like to film in Israel and Russia. Israel is no problem for us as the director is an Israeli citizen and has several years experience working in the Israeli music video and commercial industry. Russia is a not as easy but still very possible. The creative/production consultant Julie Cohen is a veteran television news and documentary director and producer who has filmed in a number of countries . With her guidance obtaining the proper permits will be a walk in the park. If by some rare chance we are refused interviews, there is archival footage of the KGB agents that we can use.
3) Obtaining archival footage: The director has been actively engaged for years in obtaining footage of this event as it is part of her family history. We have located most of the archival footage we need for the film and are actively seeking more. As her parents are the main subjects of the archival footage people have been kind in providing us with the footage we need. However, we still need to raise money to use it in the film.
4) Obtaining music rights: Music rights can be a very large expense for a film. One solution to this would be creating our own music for the documentary. The executive producer has had many years in the entertainment industry. In this time he has fostered relationships with talented musicians who would be more than willing to aid in this project should the need arise.
5) Post production including audio mixing, color correction, and final conform: Both the producer and director are very familiar with Final Cut Pro, Avid, and Pro Tools. They also have relationships with post production houses and professionals in these fields who have offered reduced rates because they believe in this project.
We are committed to seeing this documentary through. It is an important story that needs to be told and who better to tell it then the daughter of the main activists. We will be able to solve any problem that arises through our resourcefulness, the wisdom of our team members, and the support of our community. Please help us to preserve this important part of history.
An ORIGINAL POSTCARD from the 70's, with a painting of Sylva Zalmanson by the great artist Yosef Kozakovski, with a personal DEDICATION and signature by Sylva Zalmanson. Plus a DVD of the film (when available).
PRIVATE SCREENING (ROUGH CUT) in NYC (transportation not included). Participate in audience feedback and help shape the final cut of the film! Your name will appear in the THANK YOU section on our website and in the film's CLOSING CREDITS.
A personal signed THANK YOU postcard from Sylva Zalmanson & Eduard Kuznetzov. PRIVATE SCREENING (ROUGH CUT) in NYC, (transportation not included) plus the film's DVD with interviews (when available). Your name will appear in the THANK YOU section on our website and in the CLOSING CREDITS.
4 passes to the FILM PREMIERE in NYC or Israel. (transportation not included). Your name will appear in the THANK YOU section on our website AND in the CLOSING CREDITS as a contributor. plus the film's DVD with interviews (when available).
4 passes to the FILM PREMIERE in NYC or Israel (transportation not included). YOUR COMPANY LOGO will appear on our website AND in the CLOSING CREDITS. PRIVATE SCREENING (ROUGH CUT) in NYC, (transportation not included). Participate in audience feedback and help shape the final cut of the film! Plus you will be credited as a contributor in the CLOSING CREDITS and you will receive a DVD of the film with interviews (when available).
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT
Your CORPORATE NAME/LOGO in the CLOSING CREDITS. 5 passes to the FILM PREMIERE in NYC or Israel (transportation not included). DVD of the film with interviews (when available). PRIVATE SCREENING (ROUGH CUT) in NYC (transportation not included). Participate in audience feedback and help shape the final cut of the film!
***EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT
***Your CORPORATE NAME/LOGO in the film CLOSING CREDITS.
***10 passes to the FILM PREMIERE in NYC or Israel (transportation not included) and a “SHOUT OUT” from the podium.
***DVD of the film with interviews (when available).
***PRIVATE SCREENING (ROUGH CUT) in NYC (transportation not included). Participate in audience feedback and help shape the final cut of the film! Plus a SPECIAL DINNER WITH SYLVA ZALMANSON!!!!