On April 6, the Ukrainian capital hosted a pre-premiere screening of a musical documentary Jamala.UA by Ukrainian director Anna Akulevich. A lot of famous people came to the show, among them, of course, were representatives of the Crimean Tatar people, including the Head of the Mejlis Refat Chubarov, members of the Mejlis Gayana Yuksel, Riza Shevkiev, Eskender Bariev and others.
The movie lifts the veil over the usual scenic and television image of the star, allowing to see a person with a character and principles, doubts and dissatisfaction with himself, weaknesses and tenderness, but always devoted to the cause of her life - music that helps Jamala to remain true to himself and overcome any obstacles.
Jamala does not act in the film - she is real, like everything that surrounds her. It is her authenticity that fascinates and makes one admire her and her professional team. The film features scenes of performances, behind-the-scenes work, examples, meetings with journalists and designers.
According to the second director of the film Oleg Fialko, the main character was chosen long before the start of the selection for Eurovision. Negotiations were held with an investor from Germany who expressed a desire to take part in the creation of a positive portrait of Ukraine, in which he is in love. The director said that there were many candidates for the main role, and mostly they were non-public people. However, in the end, they chose Jamala - then yet not very well-known singer but at the same time still an unusual, many-sided personality. Initially, the investor did not understand this choice.
“We told the investor that she would not only win the National selection, but also the Eurovision 2016. Jamala personifies a woman who does not stop. Moreover, she was not seen in any scandals," Fialko said.
According to the director Anna Akulevich, the film aims to show the personality whose matter of life turned into a certain mission due to the difficult political situation - to assert the native country and the pain of its people to the whole world. She said that the film had already been tested on a foreign audience, which did not know anything about Eurovision, about the Crimean Tatars, or about Jamala.
“Their perception was a gift for me. Foreigners were fascinated by the energy Jamala possesses," she stressed. “Jamala was more fortunate than us - she knows her history. If only Ukrainians were as fond of their country as Jamala respects her origins …”
The main heroine of the film said that at first the shooting process strained her, but closer to the Eurovision final, the team's work became invisible to her.
“We just plunged into the work and did not see anything. And this is very well reflected in the film. We all kind of obsessed with an idea - to do even better,” she noted.
The singer believes that it is too early to make a film about her as a musician, and admits that she is embarrassed about this.
“I'm very shy about the fact that a documentary film was made about me. It seems to me that it is somehow too early. I'm only at the beginning of my way, I want to tell much more with my music," Jamala admitted.
However, the Minister of Culture Yevgeny Nishchuk did not agree with this position of the performer - he is convinced that she has already become a symbol of the Crimean Tatar people.
“Jamala has a definite mission now: She has become a symbol of the Crimean Tatar people. And such films are not only an opportunity to make the world discover a personality and representatives of the people, but certain problems as well, to tell about their pain and aspirations. And in the context of the annexation of the Crimea, due to such a singer, the whole of Europe and the whole world learned about what is happening in our country," Culture Minister Yevgeny Nishchuk said at the premiere.
The film Jamala.UA will be released on April 13th. It can be watched in 30 cinemas in Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Lviv, Dnieper, Zaporzhya, Sumy, Ternopil and other cities of Ukraine.
March 19, Jamala won in the category "Pride of the country - 2016" according to the version of the VIVA magazine.
Earlier, QHA reported that the singer also became the absolute triumphant of the YUNA award, having won in three nominations: "Best solo artist", "Best song" ("1944") and "Best duet" (duet with DakhaBraha band, the song "Lured").
Jamala is going to perform in Kyiv on May 12 with a grandiose solo concert entitled I believe in U.