World leaders

From “Beyond the Wall.” World leaders gather at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Nov. 9, 2009, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. From left to right: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, German President Horst Koehler, Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

John Bok

From “Beyond the Wall.” John is a Czech dissident who was imprisoned and tortured under the Communist regime. He now is president of Šalamoun, a group dedicated to human rights and justice in the Czech Republic.

Martina Ulbrich

From “Beyond the Wall.” Martina was a teacher in the East German university town of Jena. She has happy memories of growing up under Communism, and was disillusioned by the way many East Germans were left behind after reunification.

Sławomir Idziak

From “Beyond the Wall.” Sławomir is a Polish cinematographer who worked with director Krzysztof Kieślowski on “A Short Film About Killing,” “Three Colours: Blue” and “The Double Life of Veronique.” He also has collaborated with directors Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on “Black Hawk Down.”

Franak Viačorka

From “Under the Hood.” Franak, who has been imprisoned three times for his opposition to the Belarusian regime, was awarded the first Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship, a joint initiative of Radio Free Europe and the Czech Foreign Ministry. He lives in Minsk.