MIP: Documentary Film "1944" Shown in Kyiv, Lviv, Lutsk
After the premiere screening in Kyiv on 17 May 2019, the documentary film “1944,” produced by Fresh Production Group by the order of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, was shown in Lviv and Lutsk.
The screenings took place at the Lutsk central library and the Dzyha art centre, respectively, on May 18th.
“This film is an act of union with Crimea. [It is an] act of reminding us that every crime has a person behind it, and that every crime must be punished. I do not doubt that everyone who will see the film will understand why Crimean Tatars have taken the pro-Ukrainian stance,” the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova, was quoted as saying.
The film “1944,” directed by Fatima Osman and Yunus Pasha, is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, which is told through the stories of people who directly suffered it. They share their memories of the days of deportation; freight trains; the first years in exile, when thousands of people were dying of hunger and diseases; and how they managed to survive in such inhuman conditions. In total, 191,044 Crimean Tatars were forcibly deported, and 46 percent of them subsequently died.
The film’s directors did their best to allow Ukrainian and world audiences to find more about the tragedy of 1944, and let them feel and share the pain of history—so that such things will never happen again. The documentary film “1944” is an attempt to show what was unknown before—personal stories that every Crimean Tatar family has must remain in the memory of posterity.
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