Mustafa Dzhemilev: He just wanted to go home
Society19:03 Oct. 28, 2016

He just wanted to go home

Docudrama "Mustafa" premiered at the Molodist film festival

A docudrama about the Crimean Tatars leader Mustafa Dzhemilev was released and premiered at the Molodist film festival . The movie shows the main events in Dzhemilev's life - his deportation, first imprisonment and the longest hunger strike in the world of 303 days.

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Filming lasted a year and a half in five countries. Authors conducted 26 interviews with dissidents and human rights activists. Documentary video was combined with drama, where an actor played the scenes from Dzhemilev's life. After the official presentation, the film will be released to the public.

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The docudrama was crowdfunded through Biggggidea platform and filmed by NGO Krym-SOS. 

Mustafa Dzhemilev, former chair of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars People (Tatar parliament), a former Soviet dissident and a Ukrainian MP, has been standing up for human and minority rights for more than half a century. He was six months old when he and his family were deported to central Asia along with all other Crimean Tatars and was only able to come back 45 years later. Now, after Russia annexed Crimea, the human rights activist is again barred from entering the peninsula.

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