This is a movie based on the autobiographic book "Pine Trees Break But Never Bend Down" written by a true Romanian legend: anti-communist partisani fighter Ion Gavrilă Ogoranu (1923-2006)
Born in a Romanian family in the Fagaras County, he studied at Radu Negru high school in Fagaras then enrolled in two colleges: the Agronomy College in Cluj and the Academy of Economic sudies in Brasov. He joined the Romanian Armed Forces in the famed 12th Brigade Mountain Hunters (participating in the on the western front campaign against Nazi Germany). He also enrolled at the Military Academy in Campulung.
Ion Gavrila Ogoranu started his career as an anti-communist fighter while still in college. For a decade he was the leader of the "Fagaras" group of partisan (haiduci) fighters. For his role in the anti communist armed resistance he was sentenced to death (twice) in absentia. However, for 27 years the Securitate (KGB's Romanian counterpart) failed to catch up with him - that alone is a record in itself.
Captured in 1976, he was saved from being put to death by the personal intervention of the American President Richard Nixon.
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