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Conventional wisdom says the collapse of the Soviet Union was caused by a sea change of political and economic factors, but did the murder of J.R. Ewing on 'Dallas' also contribute to the old guard's demise?

An entertaining and thought-provoking addition to SummerFest, SnagFilm's limited run, six-week showcase of critically acclaimed festival documentaries, 'Disco and Atomic War' examines the juxtaposition between a totalitarian government's control of the airwaves and the citizen's ability and desire to receive alternate forms of entertainment and information. Conventional wisdom says the collapse of the Soviet Union was caused by a sea change of political and economic factors, but did the murder of J.R. Ewing on 'Dallas' also contribute to the old guard's demise?

An entertaining and thought-provoking addition to SummerFest, SnagFilm's limited run, six-week showcase of critically acclaimed festival documentaries, 'Disco and Atomic War' examines the juxtaposition between a totalitarian government's control of the airwaves and the citizen's ability and desire to receive alternate forms of entertainment and information.

Despite an official ban on Western media, Estonians were still able to watch disco videos, soap operas and U.S. dramas via illegal, homemade antennas that picked up Finnish radio and television broadcasts. In their own way, the people that watched, emulated and spread this information became freedom fighters in the Cold War, and the images and sounds they received had a dramatic effect on shaping Soviet worldview. 'Disco and Atomic War' is a fascinating look at a time that's both antiquated and frighteningly current.



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