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Independent Lens Episode: "Desert of Forbidden Art"

Season 12, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: The story of Russian archaeologist (and frustrated artist) Igor Savitsky (1915 to 1984), who singlehandedly saved more than 40,000 priceless pieces of art by artists who had been banned by the Soviet government during the Stalin era. To do so, he founded an art museum in Uzbekistan that he used as a front, telling authorities he was purchasing state-approved art when, in reality, he was warehousing banned pieces. The film features the voices of Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Ed Asner.
Original Air Date: Apr 5, 2011
Guest Cast Sally Field Ed Asner Ben Kingsley

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Premiered: August 09, 1999, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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