Following the screening of selections from the nine-part film, a Skype discussion will be held with Mr. Arsen Jumadilov, Chief of Staff for the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on the Crimean Tatar People Affairs.
“The Soviet government exiled the Crimean Tatars from their historic homeland in 1944. Accused of cooperation with the occupying Nazi forces during World War II, they were sent to Central Asia and the Urals. This documentary tells the story of Crimean Tatars’ long and arduous campaign to return to their homeland without recourse to violence. Mustafa Jemilev (also known as Mustafa Kirimoglu or Dzhemilev), was merely six months old at the time of the deportation. At a young age, he came into contact with nationalist movement activists and devoted his life to this ideal, eventually becoming a symbolic name in his people’s struggle for repatriation. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Jemilev is one of the most important human rights activists in the former Soviet Union. He served six prison terms, spending over 15 years in the Soviet GULAG, and survived the longest hunger strike in the history of human rights.”
This event is sponsored by the ASU Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies.