“1944. Crimea. Deportation”: CrimeaSOS held a charity screening of the film in Kyiv

23 / 05 / 2023

On May 22, CrimeaSOS held a charity screening and discussion of the film “1944. Crimea. Deportation” in Squat 17b in Kyiv. The screening took place within the activities for the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Crimean Tatars Genocide on May 18.

According to Yevhenii Yaroshenko, the very term “deportation” does not allow one to fully understand the depth of the tragedy of the Crimean Tatar people.

“For some reason, in our historiography and official state policy, the events of 1944 are called deportation. However, I do not understand why the term “deportation” is used. In my opinion, it does not convey the full depth of the tragedy of the Crimean Tatar people. In the Crimean Tatar language, these events are called “Sürgün”, which translates as “exile”. In my opinion, it would be possible to start a discourse on a more adequate terminological assessment of these events”, — CrimeaSOS analyst Yevheniii Yaroshenko believes.

After the screening, there was a discussion of the film, the history of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars and the crimes that russia continues to commit on the occupied peninsula. The speakers were: screenwriter of the film Mavile Khalil, historian Martin-Oleksandr Kyslyi and CrimeaSOS analyst Yevhenii Yaroshenko.

“These are not just stories about deportation. These people are witnesses to the crime that has never been punished. Therefore, it is important to know these stories, it is important to document them. The film turned out to be very emotional, sensitive, it explains what deportation was and what it did to a person”, — said the screenwriter of “1944.Crimea.Deportation” Mavile Khalil.

During the event, we managed to collect UAH 6,510, which were allocated to batteries for the 251 separate territorial defence brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Documentary film “1944. Crimea. Deportation” was created in 2019. The international premiere of the film took place within the Beyond the Borders International Documentary Festival in Greece. In 2020, the film received the main award at the Antakya International Film Festival in Turkey. The film was created with the support of the Ministry of Information Policy (the Ministry of Information Policy is in a state of termination since 2019) of Ukraine, the authors express special gratitude to Emine Dzhaparova for her help in creating the film.


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