Thomas Blanton, Director of the National and Igor Grazin, co-producer of The Collapse of the Soviet Union


When the Soviet Union collapsed there was a mad scramble for explanations of an event few had predicted. Almost no one looked at the contributing factor of Baltic opposition to Soviet domination. Revelations – in the late 1980's – of secret agreements between Hitler and Stalin on the fate of the Baltic nations fueled public anger. That anger and the resulting rejection of Soviet rule are captured in a new documentary. Filmmaker Igor Grazin explains the film; Thomas Blanton comments on it.