On 9 August on the occasion of the International Day of Indigenous People and within the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence, the event, dedicated to the Indigenous People of Ukraine will be launched at the summer stage of the Local Kyiv Garden (the stage “Shell”).
The event will feature a screening of the documentary “Self-Return to Crimea” and a discussion with the film auteurs and authors of the Law of Ukraine “On Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine”, organized by the Laboratory of Public Interest Journalism, the CrimeaSOS team and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People.
The film is the story of “self-return” of different Crimean Tatar families, who began their new life in equally difficult conditions: without the right to housing, land, decent work and with the fierce resistance of the Soviet bureaucracy. Many had to lose their home for the second time after the Russian occupation of the peninsula in 2014. Among the heroes of documentary: the veterans of the Crimean Tatar movement Ulvie Ablaeva, Ilver Ametov, director Akhtem Seitablaev, as well as immigrants Erfan Kudusov, Eskender Budzhurov, Elmira Kataki, Seit-Yagya Kazakov, Larane Heibullayeva are the heroes of this movie.
Before the screening of the film, there will be a discussion on the law “On Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine”, which came into force on July 23. What does this mean for Ukraine? How will this contribute to the deoccupation of Crimea? Who are the indigenous peoples of Ukraine? What conditions will Crimean Tatars return home after the deoccupation of the peninsula?
Mustafa Dzhemilev – National Leader of the Crimea Tatar People;
Refat Chubarov – Chairman of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People;
Natalya Humenyuk – Director of Public Interest Journalism Lab;
Tamila Tasheva – Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea;
Rustem Umerov – People’s Deputy of Ukraine;
Akhten Seitablayev – an artist, producer and actor of the film;
Lerane Khaibulayeva- a civil activist and a hero of a film.
The discussion will be moderated by Sevhil Musayeva, editor-in-chief of the publication “Ukrainian Pravda”. During the event , a letters to political prisoners, most of whom are Crimean Tatars, will be able to sign at the a special stand of campaigns #Prisoners Voice and # ChekayemoVdoma. Letter to political prisoners is the only connection with the outside world. They remind prisoners that they are not forgotten and that they are fighting for their release, and give them the strength to survive these trials.
We invite everyone to join the event