The fight for Lithuanian independence in 1991 gave a group of young men the chance to become heroes as members of a top-secret Special Forces Unit aimed at countering Soviet aggression. Most of the members were given an animal nicknames, hence the unit was known as “The Zoo”.
In the 1990s every boy around the world watched VHS karate action films and wanted to be a super hero. The fight for Lithuanian independence in 1991 gave a group of young men the chance to do just that.
On 11 March 1990, a year before the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare itself independent. Reacting to Soviet aggression, the newly re-established Lithuanian Army Command decided to create the first-ever national crack commando unit known as Francas’ Zoo.
The feature documentary tells the hidden story of a courageous, impassioned, and youthful endeavor against the powers that once were.
- Official Selection at Viborg Animation Festival (Denmark)
- Official Selection at Astra Film Festival (Romania)
- Official Selection at SCANORAMA Film Forum (Lithuania)
- Official Selection at Valletta Film Festival (Malta)
“The idea of blending the characters of the movie with the 90s video games aesthetics is simple but well executed. I wish more international viewers would see this.” – Letterboxed
2019 / 90 minutes / Color / Lithuanian w/English Subtitles / A film by Andrius Lekavicius
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