Bud Watch Party: Meeting Gorbachev
- Virtual Event -- Access Info Below
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.
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.