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Sally Potter ('Orlando', 'The Tango Lesson') will personally introduce the film, a moving depiction of refugees uprooted in 1920s Soviet Union and the threats to minority groups posed by fascism in second-world-war Europe. The gala night comes three days ahead of its UK general release and will be attended by Christina Ricci.

Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said:

'Amnesty International is delighted that this superb film will help raise funds for its human rights work, not least in helping to protect refugees and minority groups in modern-day Europe.'

The film's director Sally Potter said:

'I hope that this film can serve as a 'voice' for those who were (and are) silenced; mourn those who were lost; and joyfully celebrate the survival of those who lived.'

Adrian Wootton, of the Regus London Film Festival, has praised this 'gorgeous film from one of Britain's most ambitious and original filmmakers.'

Gala screening details Date: Tuesday 5 December 2000 Place: Odeon West End, Leicester Square, London W1 Time: 8.30pm (9pm start) Tickets: £15.00 (credit card bookings: 0131 273 3010; lines open 9am-8pm, Mon-Fri; answerphone at other times: all profits to Amnesty International) Other bookings/info: Jane Goodwin, Amnesty International, 020 7814 6204

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