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FRONTLINE; In the Shadow of Sakharov

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In the Shadow of Sakharov
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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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As democracy triumphs on the streets of Moscow and the Soviet Empire disintegrates, FRONTLINE premieres its tenth season with the saga of Andrei Sakharov, the nuclear physicist turned human-rights advocate who became the father of the Soviet democracy movement. In the dark years, it was Sakharov who spoke out against the Communist state, but later it was his ideas and words that first Gorbachev, and then Yeltsin, would embrace. With unique access to Sakharov's family and friends, award-winning producer Sherry Jones documents Sakharov's life - spread across seven decades of Communist rule in the USSR - and traces his struggle to teach his country and the world important lessons about the moral power of the human spirit.

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