"We are Crimea" is a project about Crimea we love, we miss and we are waiting to come back. It shows Crimea through the eyes of people who cannot be there because of the temporary occupation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation.
In the series “We are Crimea”, created jointly with the Ukrainian Institute and Ukrainer, the heroes in VR glasses share their memories and memorable stories about their native Crimean peninsula.
National leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Jemilev, film director Akhtem Seitablaiev, former Kremlin’s political prisoner Oleg Sentsov and Ukrainian singer, winner of Eurovision 2016 Jamala will tell their stories about Crimea and how this loss affected them.
VR-videos create a sense of presence so that everybody can see and feel places of their special memories about Crimea.
Mustafa Jemilev and his Crimea
Mustafa Jemilev is a political and public figure, one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar national movement. His family was deported from Crimea, their homeland, in the 1940s. Mustafa was expelled from the university and later put on trial for his political views, and later even taken to court. He had been imprisoned for fifteen years. Since Ukraine became independent, he has played an active role in political life of our country. Due to the Russian occupation, this world-renowned human rights activist has not been able to visit his homeland for several years now.
Immerse yourself in a virtual journey to Crimea with the living legend, national leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Jemilev. Putting on VR glasses, he shared his memories of the native peninsula, which he cannot visit due to the Russian occupation: https://bit.ly/2NHw1j2.
Akhtem Seitablaiev and his Crimea
Director and film actor, ethnic Crimean Tatar Akhtem Seitablaiev was born in Yangiyul town near Tashkent in Uzbekistan; the place where his parents, like other Crimean Tatars, were deported to from their native Crimea in May 1944. His family returned home only in the early 90’s, and later Akhtem was forced to leave his homeland again due to the Russian occupation. Today he is one of the most successful Ukrainian actors and directors, and heads ‘Crimean House’.
Putting on VR glasses, Akhtem visited his homeland again. What emotions did he experience? Read Akhtem’s story and watch VR-video: https://bit.ly/2ZynpxC.
Oleg Sentsov and his Crimea
Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian film director, scriptwriter, writer and activist. In 2014, he was arrested in Simferopol by the Russian FSB on charges of plotting a series of terrorist attacks. After five years of illegal imprisonment, Oleg returned to Ukraine in September 2019 in the framework of the mutual release of detained persons by Ukraine and Russia.
He has been kidnapped, arrested and illegally convicted, and yet occupied Crimea remains off-limits to him, as well as to thousands of others.
Susana Jamaladinova, better known as Jamala, is a Ukrainian singer with Crimean Tatar roots. In 2016, Jamala won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “1944”, dedicated to the tragedy of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars from Crimea.
Like many residents of the peninsula, Jamala has not been to Crimea — occupied by the Russian Federation since February 2014 — for years. Unlike some (such as Mustafa Jemilev) she is not banned from entering the peninsula. However, for security reasons, she no longer goes there.
Jamala shared her memories of the native Crimea. Join her on a virtual journey to the peninsula: https://bit.ly/3qEYULo.