Producer
Director
Thomas Staehler, Isabell Blöchl
Editor
Genre
History
Broadcaster
NHK
Length
1 x 60'
Format
16:9 HDTV
Year
2004
Revolution ON AIR

The revolution in the Eastern Bloc countries from 1989 to 1991 fundamentally changed the world. But how could the once formidable power structure disintegrate in such a short time? For the first time, a documentary sheds light on the role of the media. What did they really contribute to the disappearance of the Iron Curtain?

13 January 1991: A crowd peacefully demonstrating in Vilnius demands freedom for Lithuania. Suddenly a Soviet tank rushes into the middle of the crowd. Four people die. That night, satellites transported these moving images into the living rooms of millions of viewers around the world. The television images become the most powerful weapon the Lithuanians have to defend their freedom. Similarly, the East Germans, Romanians, Hungarians and Poles had used satellite technology from 1989 onwards, which became the cause and companion of the huge upheaval in the Eastern Bloc.

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