WHAT: Screening of the documentary “Son of Crimea: Struggle of A People,” in observance of the 70th anniversary of the Crimean Tatar deportation.
WHEN: 18 May 2014, 3-5 pm
WHERE: George Mason University, Arlington Campus, Founders Hall Auditorium
ORGANIZED BY: Arlington Sister City Association, Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine) Committee; in cooperation with International Committee for Crimea, Inc., Washington DC
DESCRIPTION: On May 18, 1944, the Soviet government exiled the entire Crimean Tatar population from the
ir historic homeland. Accused of cooperation with the occupying Nazi forces during World War II, they were sent to Central Asia and the Urals. This 2013 documentary tells the story of the Crimean Tatars’ arduous journey during deportation, unsanitary conditions in cattle wagons used to transport them, and the misery awaiting the deportees in places of exile. The legendary Crimean Tatar leader and a well-known Soviet dissident, Mustafa Jemilev was only six months old, when his family survived the 22-day journey. Eye-witnesses describe their personal loss and ordeal with the authorities. Commentators explain the real reasons for deporting the entire population of Crimean Tatars: eliminating the Tatar element from Crimea. Yet, Crimean Tatars survived and managed to retur
n to their homeland with the collapse of the Soviet Union.
DOCUMENTARY: “Son of Crimea: Struggle of A People,” produced by TRT (Turkish Radio and Television), 60 minutes, with English subtitles and narration. (Original dialog is mostly in Crimean Tatar and Russian.)
DISCUSSION: After the screening, comments by Idil Izmirli of George Mason University, specialist on Crimea; and Paul Goble, analyst and editor of “Window on Eurasia.” Followed by Q&A.
MODERATOR: Maria Sonevytsky.