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The Jump


In 1970, in the middle of the Cold War, an American patrol boat meets a Soviet fishing vessel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Suddenly, a Lithuanian sailor jumps across ten feet of icy water, landing on the deck of the American boat in a frantic bid for political asylum. To his horror, the Americans return him to the Soviets. Told through incredible archival footage and re-lived by the would-be defector Simas Kudirka himself, the tale takes us on a stranger-than-fiction journey of imprisonment, twists of fate, and the price of becoming a symbol of freedom.


Festival Participation

  • Warsaw International Film Festival - 2020
    Best Doc Award
  • Rome Film Festival - 2020
  • DOCNYC - 2020
  • Salem Film Festival - 2021
    Jury and Audience Awards

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