26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Jump
The Jump
The Jump
The Jump
The Jump

The Jump

director: Giedrė Žickytė
original title: The Jump
country: Lithuania, Latvia, France
year: 2020
running time: 85 min.


Like many citizens of the Soviet Union at the time, Lithuanian seaman Simas Kudirka believed that a better future awaited him in the West. On 23 November 1970, when the Sovetskaya Litva he was on passed by the USCGC Vigilant, he decided to take advantage of the opportunity and jumped no less than three metres from the Soviet fishing boat onto the US Coast Guard patrol boat. This bold attempt of his to obtain political asylum caused social upheaval and prompted some very important dialogue between the two world powers. The dramatic re-enactment of this curious incident also reveals how radically the US government’s attitude towards refugees has changed since the Cold War.

Q&A with the director Giedrė Žickytė:


Lithuanian director and producer Giedre Žickyte (1980) studied fine arts in Vilnius. Her first feature-length documentary, How We Played the Revolution (2012), was screened at festivals in Rotterdam and Sheffield, and much like in her later film, Master and Tatyana (2015), it depicts life in Lithuania during Soviet rule.

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director: Giedrė Žickytė
producer: Giedrė Žickytė, Uldis Cekulis
photography: Rimvydas Leipus
editing: Thomas Ernst, Danielius Kokanauskis
sound: Jonas Maksvytis
koproducent: Catherine Simeon
skladatel: Kipras Mašanauskas
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
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