Washington, DC, hosted a presentation of the documentary film "A Struggle for Home: The Crimean Tatars," the Voice of America reports.
In the context of the Crimean Tatar national struggle, the documentary directed by Christina Paschyn raises the issues that became relevant in Western society: the right of separate ethnic groups to self-determination, their culture and land.
Christina Paschyn, a US journalist and film director, decided to shoot the film about the plight of the Crimean Tatars back in 2012, when she first came to Crimea to shoot a film about the Crimean Tatars’ return to their native land. But after the annexation of Crimea, the script had to be changed urgently.
“The concept of the film was constantly changing,” the filmmaker says. “Initially, I wanted to focus on the fact that the Tatars did not have enough land. But the events of 2014 forced us to look at the film from a new angle, as a living history unfolding before our eyes. Therefore, all interviews in the film are represented within the context of history. At first I did not even imagine that it would happen that way.
The main message of the documentary: Crimea for Tatars is a promised land, where they want to live as part of Ukraine. The documentary also features the Leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemilev, who survived ordeals of the Soviet camps and is a symbol of the Crimean Tatars’ struggle for their homeland.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has already shown interest in the documentary “A Struggle for Home: The Crimean Tatars," having organized its presentation in various foreign embassies.
The film has not yet gone on general release in Ukrainian cinemas.
It was reported earlier that Russia occupied Crimea in February-March 2014, calling the falsified referendum of March 16 as an expression of Crimeans will to join the Russian Federation. Most of the world has not recognized Crimea as part of Russia. For Ukraine, Crimea remains the temporarily occupied territory.