The Jump

The Jump

Directed by Giedrė Žickytė • 2020 • Lithuania

On Thanksgiving Day, 1970, off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Lithuanian seaman Simas Kudirka made a daring leap for freedom, diving from his Soviet fishing vessel onto a nearby US patrol boat. When US officials returned Kudirka to the Soviets, he was tried and imprisoned for treason. Giedrė Žickytė’s compelling documentary recounts the story of Kudirka’s eventual release and emigration to America through rare archival footage and interviews with Kudirka and others close to the events, including a moving first-person re-enactment from the elderly would-be defector. In the process, it reveals much about the fault lines of Cold War politicking as well as contemporary debates about migration and asylum.

THE JUMP • ŠUOLIS
Written and directed by Giedrė Žickytė
Cinematography by Rimvydas Leipus
Music by Kipras Masanauskas

In Lithuanian, English, and Russian with English subtitles

The Jump
  • The Jump

    Directed by Giedrė Žickytė • 2020 • Lithuania

    On Thanksgiving Day, 1970, off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Lithuanian seaman Simas Kudirka made a daring leap for freedom, diving from his Soviet fishing vessel onto a nearby US patrol boat. When US officials returned Kudirka to the Soviets, he w...

Extras

  • Director Giedrė Žickytė on the dramatic real-life history behind The Jump

    Director Giedrė Žickytė speaks to Klassiki about bringing the complex history of one of the Cold War’s most dramatic defections to the screen: from her collaboration with protagonist Simas Kudirka to the film’s treatment of geopolitics and individual heroism.

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    Klassiki Picks is our new series of curated watchlists personally selected for our subscribers by celebrated filmmakers, writers, and actors. We’re delighted to welcome Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė to the hot seat for the this latest edition. Ingeborga is a Lithuanian actor and television presenter who h...

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