Screening of the Gaamer film directed by Oleg Sentsov at the Ukrainian Culture Center.
The event will be held in support of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov who has been illegally detained by Russian Federal Security Service in Crimea.
The event is organised with the support of the AUGB-London branch, LondonEuroMaidan, Embassy of Ukraine to the UK. Embassy of Ukraine to the UK and LondonEuroMaidan will be giving a talk, followed by screening of the film.
The protagonist of Gaamer is a young Ukrainian boy who spends most of his time playing video games. He is great at shooting enemies in Quake but not so successful in his real life, from which he tries but fails to escape. A very likeable docu-style film about the collapse of illusions and beginning of maturity.
Setsov’s Gaamer screening is suitable for the whole family.
Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian filmmaker, best known for his 2011 film Gaamer and his arrest in May 2014 by the Russian Federal Security Service on suspicion of plotting terrorist acts.
Oleg Sentsov, as well as other Ukrainians illegally detained by Russia, is the symbol of courage, freedom and unity of Ukrainian people.
His Gaamer debuted at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2012. Its success in this and other festivals helped secure him funding for a forthcoming feature “Rhino”, production on which was postponed by his work with the Euromaidan protest movement. It was scheduled to begin shooting in the summer of 2014.
On May 11, 2014 after taking part in a protest in Crimea, Oleg Sentsov was illegally detained by Russian occupation authorities and later convoyed to Moscow. Oleg Sentsov is alleged preparation of terrorist acts.
Ukrainian film society, Ukrainian government, Russian cinema union, Confederation of Unions of Cinematographers of CIS and Baltic countries, the European Film Academy as well as the world-known film directors – Pedro Almodovar, Wim Wenders, Mike Leigh, Krzysztof Zanussi, Andrzej Wajda, Ken Loach – appealed to Russian authorities condemning the illegal arrest and demanding to release Sentsov. During the closing ceremony of the Moscow Film Festival head of the Union of Cinematographers Sergey Trymbach also demanded to release Oleg Sentsov.
While Russian justice considers Sentsov to be a Russian citizen, his rights were repeatedly violated – his lawyer and Ukrainian consul in Moscow were not allowed to visit him. Thus, Amnesty International qualified detention of Oleg Sentsov as illegal.
Russian with English subtitles.
Saturday, September 27, 7.00 pm
154 Holland Park Avenue, Holland Park, London W11 4UH
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