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Deportation of Crimean Tatars  commemoration  PREMIERE SCREENING OF “HAYTARMA” – 15.5.2015, The Hague

Deportation of Crimean Tatars commemoration PREMIERE SCREENING OF “HAYTARMA” – 15.5.2015, The Hague


Crimean Tatars are the indigenous people of Crimea.

Tatars have suffered very hard after annexation of the Crimean Khanate by Russia in 1784. Mostly they were forced to escape the Russian assimilation policies by migrating to Turkey and the Balkans. This is also the reason why there is a great Diaspora (some 5 millions) in Turkey. Stalin has deported the population that remained in Crimea on 18 May 1944 to Central Asia and Siberia. We will memorize this year 70th year of the Surgun (disaster) Their houses were given away and their villages were populated with Russian Migrants by Soviet Union. This is also the reason why there is such a great Russian Majority in Crimea. The Crimean Tatars They had only chance to return to their Homeland after the dissolution of Soviet Union. They are now some 22 years trying to make their living in their homeland. The Crimean Tatars have always appealed to the international community to solve their problems along democratic and peaceful methods.

To markl this event This year The HAYTARMA will be shown in netherlands.  The premiere screening in the Netherlands is a unique opportunity to enjoy a cinematic masterpiece that received numerous awards and caused an international scandal when the General Consulate of Russia did not allow Soviet pilots to attend the premiere in Ukraine in 2013. At our event, after the screening you will also have an opportunity to meet the film director and lead actor Akhtem Seitablaiev while enjoying delicious dishes from the traditional Crimean Tartar and Ukrainian cuisine.

Based on documented evidence, the film depicts one of the most tragic chapters in the history of Crimea – the deportation of Crimean Tatars on May 18, 1944. The stories about that terrible day have been passed from generation to generation. It is well-known that during all critical times children, women, and the elderly carry the heaviest burden. “Haytarma” is one of the first movies produced by a former Soviet Union state which depicts Stalin’s crimes against various ethnic groups. The film reproduces the story of those defensless people, who one early morning were loaded into cattle cars and transported without any reason or explanation from Crimea to Russia’s Ural region and Uzbekistan. Almost half of them died on the road or in the first years of exile from malnutrition, disease, and maltreatment.

Historians confirm that the film captures the spirit of that era and accurately portrays those tragic events. Although the film is not an easy watch, the viewer will get a real aesthetic pleasure. The beauty of Crimea paints the beautiful scenery for the film that is full of military battles and compelling personal stories. “Haytarma” received wide domestic and international acclaim and was chosen as the best Ukrainian film for 2013.

The film’s primary purpose is to teach, to memorialize, and to be a warning not to repeat the past.

“The past is indestructible; sooner or later all things will return, including the plan to abolish the past…”
Jorge Luis Borges , “Nathaniel Hawthorne”

“Haytarma” was honored by the following international awards:

* Best Film at the Trieste Film Festival (Italy 2014)

* Best Film of the CIS and Baltics, Nika Award (Russia 2014)

* Best Feature and Best Director at the Kimera International Film Festival (Italy 2014)

* Grand-Prix at the Korona Karpat International Film Festival (Ukraine 2013)

* Best Ukrainian Film acc. to the National Union of Ukrainian Cinematographers (Ukraine 2013)


Russian with English subtitles


* Akhtem Seitablaiev, film director and lead actor

* Ivanna Djadjura, film producer

* Oleksandr Horin, Ambassador of Ukraine to The Netherlands

* Sadik Arslan, Ambassador of Turkey to The Netherlands


€ 10 (including snacks) available online or at the box office.Acc # NL97INGB0006510466, Reciever Stichting Oekrainers in Nederland.
“Haytarma The Hague”


Attendees can also view a photo exhibition “Crimea: Story of one Nation”


* The Foundation of Ukrainians in the Netherlands

* Brand New Ukraine

* with support of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of the Netherlands

For more information, please contact:
ua.in.nl@gmail.com, 06-85576500