First Crimean Tatar full-length movie about deportation of Crimean Tatars “Haytarma” has won Best long-length movie award at film festival in Trieste, Italy, director and the main actor of the movie Ahtem Seitablayev wrote in Facebook.
“I want to share good news. Haytarma has won Best full-length movie award at the Italian film festival in Trieste. I thank our team”- Seitablayev said.
Earlier, “Haytarma” received prestigious Russian film award “Nika” in the nomination ‘Best film of CIS and Baltic countries’.
To note, “Nika” is a national film award, established by the Russian Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts “Nika”. It is the main film award in Russia, CIS and Baltic countries.
Note: “Haytarma” is the first Crimean Tatar feature-length movie directed by Ahtem Seitablayev.
The film is based on real events and narrates the story of Stalin's deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea in May 1944. This tragic page in the history of the Crimean Tatar people is shown through the eyes of famous aviator, national hero of Crimean Tatars Ametkhan Sultan. After the liberation of Crimea from German invaders, the military command has authorized Ametkhan (played by Ahtem Seitablaev), together with his comrades to visit his parents in Alupka (Crimea). By coincidence, he became eyewitness of the deportation of Crimean Tatars. Soviet hero, who intimidated German pilots turned unable to protect his people from the crimes of the Stalin regime.
The film was released on May 17, 2013.