It is probably a good time to appreciate our freedom. In America, we’re spoiled by this. It often takes a movie, a book or a documentary to present itself to keep this idea alive. It is easy to take away rights from people who aren’t educated about them to begin with. Freedom isn’t a word I would allow the Tea Party to appropriate, or a war mongering administration — freedom is a human right.
Peter Weir’s The Way Back tells the story of a group of men who escape from a Siberian goulag during World War II. The idea here is that they would rather try to walk across continents than stay and be tortured in the camps. While this isn’t as accessible as Nazi concentration camps – those images are clear and unmistakable to us. The gulag imprisonment is less known, and that in itself makes The Way Back a slightly more difficult film in terms of making you feel something for these men.
The story of The Way Back comes from a book The Long Walk by S≈Çawomir Rawicz. Wikipedia says the book has been “The Long Walk was ghost-written by Ronald Downing based on conversations with Rawicz. It was released in the UK in 1956 and has sold over half a million copies worldwide and has been translated into 25 languages.” Wikipedia also has information that historical records do not back up the story – in other words, there is some question as to whether it actually happened or not.