In the Shadow of Sakharov


Episode Info

Produced by Sherry Jones, this award-winning documentary details the life and times of nuclear physicist Andrei Sakharov. Brought to video by PBS, the production spans the 70 years that Sakharov spent evolving from a premier atomic researcher to a human rights advocate to the father of the democratic movement within the red borders of the former Soviet Union. Part of the Frontline series of investigative reporting, this specific episode grants special access to the private world of Sakharov with interviews and social commentary from family, friends, and previous comrades at arms. Using the collapse of socialism as a backdrop, this profile teaches a powerful lesson about the pursuit of a more humane society for all.