"Son of Crimea: Struggle of A People," produced by TRT (Turkish Radio and Television), 60 minutes, with English subtitles and narration.
Introduction and Commentary: Idil Izmirli, George Mason University; Inci Bowman, International Committee for Crimea, Inc.; and Paul Goble, analyst and editor of "Window on Eurasia. Moderator: Maria Sonevytsky.
On May 18, 1944, the Soviet government exiled the entire Crimean Tatar population from their 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. Mustafa Jemilev, the legendary Crimean Tatar leader and well-known Soviet dissident, was only six months old when his family survived the 22-day journey.
May 18, 2014, 3-5 pm
George Mason University, Arlington Campus, Founders Hall Auditorium
3301 N Fairfax Dr. Arlington, VA 22201
Organized by Arlington Sister City Association, Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine) Committee;
in cooperation with International Committee for Crimea, Inc., and Embassy of Ukraine, Washington, DC.