“Qirim”—a short-footage documentary about Crimea, directed by Ksenia Zhornokley—to be presented at Cannes Film Festival in the framework of Short Film Corner. Director of the documentary said this in an interview with Krym.realii.
According to Zhornokley, it took more than 3 month to make the documentary, which was filmed in Crimean cities of Bakhchisaray, Evpatoria, Saki and Simferopol without a budget. Music for the movie was provided by Crimean Tatar Meydan radio station.
35-minute film shows representatives of three generations of Crimean Tatars, in particular a woman who got through the deportation 70 years ago, a mother of a bride, who was born in exile and returned to Crimea as she was young and a girl who was born in Ukrainian Crimea.
“Life in Crimea is going on, young people get married and give birth to further generations. These generations are born under Russian flags. The motherland for all of them is Crimea, still the tragedy is that all of them was born in different states…”- Zhornokley said.
“What is happening to Crimean Tatars today is a tragedy for whole Ukraine. I am not sure is everyone understands this, but we have lost not a peninsula but people. They have not died, but took hostage. While focusing on east-Ukraine conflict we leave our [Crimean] citizens in strange hands”- she added.
The Cannes International Film Festival (French: Le Festival International du Film de Cannes or just Festival de Cannes) is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. Founded in 1946, it is one of the most prestigious and publicized film festivals in the world. The invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.