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Czechoslovakia 1968 (also known as Czechoslovakia 1918-1968) is a 1969 short documentary film about the "Prague Spring", a failed Czechoslovak uprising against Soviet rule. The film was produced by the United States Information Agency under the direct direction of Robert M. Fresco and Denis Sanders.

It won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject [1] and in 1997, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


In 1972, Senator James L. Buckley (New York) obtained a copy of Czechoslovakia 1968 to show on New York television stations. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, J. William Fulbright, objected to the broadcast based on an interpretation of the Smith-Mundt Act, which would prohibit the domestic dissemination of material produced by the U.S. Information Agency (USIA). Fulbright complained to the Attorney General, but the Justice Department refused to intervene based on the interpretation of existing U.S. law. In 1972, Congress amended the Smith-Mundt Act, based on this event, to explicitly prohibit the domestic dissemination of materials produced by the USIA. The USIA was abolished in 1998.


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Project Hope (1961) · Dylan Thomas (1962) · Chagall (1963) · Nine from Little Rock (1964) · To Be Alive! (1965) · A Year Toward Tomorrow (1966) · The Redwoods (1967) · Why Man Creates (1968) · Czechoslovakia 1968 (1969) · Interviews with My Lai Veterans (1970) · Sentinels of Silence (1971) · This Tiny World (1972) · Princeton: A Search for Answers (1973) · Don't (1974) · The End of the Game (1975) · Number Our Days (1976) · Gravity Is My Enemy (1977) · The Flight of the Gossamer Condor (1978) · Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979) · Karl Hess: Toward Liberty (1980)

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