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'56 is a gripping tale of love and treachery amid the Hungarian revolution. In 1956, the once-proud nation is a Soviet pawn, and a decade of Communist oppression has made everything scarce except suspicion and cynicism. Rumors of change begin an avalanche of militant optimism among a people deprived of hope. Then Soviet tanks head to Budapest, the West looks the other way, and the citizens must accept that their hopes of freedom are doomed: can true love survive when defeat is inevitable? Escape is an option, but is that a lost cause too? The events are illustrated with stills from newsreel footage shot on the streets of Budapest during the height of the uprising. Gabriella Horvath tells the story of her family and her people with drama and humanity.