Filmmakers protest against imprisonment of the director Sentsov
Photo: Hollandse Hoogte
At the Berlin film Festival, filmmakers together with the European Film Academy (EFA) and Amnesty International protested against the detention of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov.
During the premiere of The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov were protesting filmmakers and the public, with protest signs. In the discussion after the screening of the film asked the director Askold Kurov: “The making of this film is a story about solidarity.”
He hopes that the film Oleg less abstract. Under loud applause, said EFA chairman Agnieszka Holland: “Oleg needs us but we Oleg. His courage is of great significance in times like these, maybe even more than two years ago!”
In may 2014, the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov by the security service of the Russian Federation in his home was arrested because he had spoken out against the annexation of the Crimea by Russia.
More than a year later, and at the end of what Amnesty International describes as “an unfair trial by a military court”, was Oleg Sentsov sentenced to a term of imprisonment of twenty years for committing crimes “of terrorist nature”. In his documentary examines Askold Kurov the truth behind this political show trial.