Meeting Gorbachev

Bud Watch Party: Meeting Gorbachev

Sunday, October 16, 2022 - 12:00am
Monday, October 17, 2022 - 12:00am
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 12:00am
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 12:00am
Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 12:00am
Friday, October 21, 2022 - 12:00am
Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 12:00am
Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 12:00am
Monday, October 24, 2022 - 12:00am
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 12:00am
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 12:00am
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Legendary director Werner Herzog and André Singer explore pivotal moments in history through a series of interviews with the late Mikhail Gorbachev

Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible access to the man whose leadership of the Soviet Union helped bring the Cold War to an end. Released before his death in August 2022, the documentary premiered when he was 88 and battling illness. The visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, had mellowed and slowed down. Still, gently but resolutely, he was pushing towards his goals. Herzog, as on-screen interviewer, does not disguise his affection, celebrating Gorbachev’s three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons; cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany; and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. All of this in six years. One German diplomat sums up Gorbachev’s approach: “The process went so quickly that ... opponents were overcome by the reality of the situation.” Herzog and Singer remind us of the drastic and unforeseeable way the world changes.

Stream the 90-minute film at the link. Log on to Kanopy to watch for free with your library card.



Run Time: 

90 min.
Meeting Gorbachev is about looking into the past from one man's perspective and seeing how a missed opportunity can unravel the entire planet.
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About Bud's Watch Party

In addition to our in-person film screenings in Library Hall, Bud Werner Library continues to spearhead special opportunities to view hot documentaries at home. The library hopes that you'll enjoy watching these thoughtful films, then come together for community conversations to share the experience.