Tunnel 29

Tunnel 29 is an archive based feature documentary about the harrowing escape of 29 East German refugees in 1962 and the US news network that controversially filmed and financed their covert operation. Despite harsh criticism from colleagues in print journalism and intervention from the Kennedy Administration during the Cuban Missile Crisis, NBC succeeded in broadcasting a live breakout of 29 men, women and children through a flooding, makeshift tunnel beneath the Berlin Wall. By interviewing journalists from the period, the surviving refugees and production staff who filmed their breathtaking escape - this film debates the ethics of television journalism, then and now, by exploring the early days of an adolescent medium as it put a human face to the period’s most broadly publicized refugee crisis.