Torn from the Flag

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Torn from the Flag
Directed by Endre Hules
Klaudia Kovacs
Produced by George Adams - Associate Producer
Klaudia Kovacs - Producer
Laszlo Kovacs - Executive Producer
Andrew Senyei - Executive Producer
Vilmos Zsigmond - Executive Producer
Written by Endre Hules
Klaudia Kovacs - Story
Music by Chris Horvath
Cinematography Zoltan Honti
László Kovács
Distributed by Homage to 1956, LLC.
Release date
  • November 10, 2007 (2007-11-10) (AFI Los Angeles)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English, Russian, Italian, Hungarian

Torn from the Flag is a 2007 documentary film about the international decline of communism and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The film encompasses the tense Cold War era (1945–1991) and presents the rivalry of the superpowers during that time. It shows the 1956 Hungarian Revolution as the first catalyst for the future decline of the communist system, and as a remarkable turning point for the advancement of democracy. The film’s Hungarian title is A lyukas zászló.

Torn from the Flag was made primarily for international theatrical release and television distribution, and participated in the 2009 Oscar competition in the ”Best Documentary” category.


In addition to other interviewees, the following political notables appear in person or in archive footage:


The film’s world premiere was in Hollywood, in the American Film Institute’s film festival, AFI Fest. It was screened in the festival’s "Milestones" section—described as "celebrating the best of the best"—along with films by Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni. Tickets for the premiere sold out in 45 minutes, and the film received a standing ovation. To date, the film has been invited to participate in 20 festivals, and is the recipient of 8 awards and recognition.


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