Gabe Polsky's Red Army follows rise and fall of Soviet hockey team
During the Cold War, the U.S. and former Soviet Union avoided squaring off directly on the battlefield, but they did use sports as a vehicle to assert dominance. Many films and documentaries tell of the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team (“Miracle on Ice”). But the feature documentary, Red Army, tells the little-told story the USSR’s Red Army hockey team, through the eyes of famed team captain Viachaslav Fetisov. WBEZ film contributor, Milos Stehlik, talked with Red Army’s director, Chicagoan Gabe Polsky, about documenting the uniqueness of this history-making team.