Trojan Jazz

Directors: Olga Antimony, Vladimir Mirzoev

This documentary is about the tour of Benny Goodman’s jazz orchestra, an extraordinary event which took place in the Soviet Union during an extremely complicated political time, in between the Berlin and Cuban crises. For the Soviet people living in 1962, this tour was a tremendous breakthrough in the political relations between the two countries. It was an opportunity not just to listen to a live jazz performance (which was frowned upon by the Soviet authorities), but also a chance to see and meet the real Americans.