Trojan Jazz

Director: Olga Antimony

This documentary is about the tour of Benny Goodman’s jazz orchestra. It was an extraordinary event which took place 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.