Dear colleagues and friends,
In dedication to the Day of remembrance of the victims of genocide of the Crimean Tatar people, the Mission of Ukraine to the EU invites you to watch online the film “Haytarma”.
On May 18, Ukraine commemorates victims of 1944 Soviet deportation of Crimean Tatars from their homeland – Crimean peninsula. In the matter of two days, more than 183 000 Crimean Tatars were forcibly deported from Crimea to distant areas of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. During the first years of deportation up to 46% Crimean Tatars perished in the so-called “special settlements” from hunger, diseases, abuse and hard labour. The ban to return to Crimea lasted until 1989 and was accompanied by purposeful linguistic and cultural assimilation.
“Haytarma” is the first feature film about Stalin’s deportation of the Crimean Tatars on 18 May 1944. The main character of the film Amehtan Sultan, a pilot and twice Hero of the Soviet Union, goes on furlough to his hometown of Alupka in May 1944 and becomes a witness of the deportation.
“Haytarma” was produced by the Crimean Tatar channel ATR, which was forced to leave Crimea after Russia’s occupation, and directed by Crimean Tatar filmmaker Akhtem Seitablaiev. The film won the prize of the Kimera International Film Festival in the Italian city of Termoli for “Best Director” and “Best Film”, and is the winner in the category “Best Feature Film” of the Trieste Film Festival in Italy.
The film with English subtitles will be available on our YouTube channel on May 18-19: https://youtu.be/p7xheaxQFw8.
We also have invited our European partners in Brussels to join us and watch online “Haytarma” in order to spread the word about this tragedy of the Crimean Tatar people.
We are very grateful to the ATR channel for sharing the film with us!