Documentary about legendary Crimean Tatar leader Dzhemilev launches crowdfunding campaign



2014/12/21 • Culture

Article by: Alya Shandra

Mustafa Dzhemilev, the legendary Crimean Tatar human rights activist, could receive his own documentary film

The studio Alif Films and the civic initiative Crimea SOS are launching a project to create the feature Documentary “Mustafa.” It will tell the life story of Mustafa Dzhemilev who spent over 15 years as a political prisoner in Soviet camps and went on the longest ever hunger strike of 306 days. Having been first exiled by the Soviet regime when he was 1 year old, he is exiled once again at 71 years, this time by Putin!

Who is Mustafa?
Mustafa Djemilev is a freedom fighter, human rights activist, and Crimean Tatar leader. In 1944, the Soviet regime forcibly deported all Crimean Tatars from Crimea in an ethnic cleansing operation. Mustafa Dzhemilev grew up in exile in Uzbekistan. All his life he fought against the Soviet regime. Only in 1990s, when it finally collapsed, did the Crimean Tatars return back home to Crimea.

In 2014, Russian forces under Putin’s regime occupied Crimea, which led to a mass flow of forced migration. Mustafa led the opposition to the occupation regime. Russia’s government banned him entry to his native Crimea and now he lives in exile once again.

The film-makers in the team have diverse backgrounds:

Olga Morkova worked for the United Nations and OSCE addressing the crisis of Ukraine. She participated in drafting the laws addressing the occupation of Crimea. She gave a talk on TEDx about her experience of the Ukrainian revolution, and directed a short documentary “Crimea Unveiled” about internally displaced Crimean Tatar artists.
Tamila Tasheva is a Crimean Tatar activist. On the first day ofthe occupation of Crimea she created the Crimea SOS civic initiative which addressed the challenges of Ukrainians under occupation. Now when the situation is becoming more and more dangerous, she remains one of very few people from Crimea who publicly challenges the Russian occupation regime.
Fima Chupakhin is a Ukrainian jazz musician, sound producer, and composer. He will work with Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar, and European musicians to create an outstanding soundtrack for the movie.

As this is a non-commercial project, the group asks for your support. The film plans to cover Mustafa’s story since 1943, so research will be needed in order to have the best historical accuracy. The historian-consultant Vakhtang Kipiani will help to gather information from world archives to achieve this. The movie will contain interviews with famous human rights activists of the Soviet period. With your support, the film-makers e will be able to travel to New York and Moscow to shoot the interviews, and ensure a high quality of the film (shooting, editing, sound recording, and composing an original soundtrack).

You can support the project here: and here

The Mustafa Film Team thanks you in advance for your support and invites you to share the word about this initiative!

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  • Brent

    Dzhemilev should request an audience with Obama and Merkl. That ought to wake them from their slumber…maybe even Hollande. They should meet the man who has been exiled from his place of birth twice by Muscovy.

    Or request to speak in front of the U.N. General Assembly. If that group can let morons like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez have their day to speak, I think they should also listen to Dzhemilev speak about what Muscovy has done to him and his people….twice. That would make that weasel Vitaly Churkin squirm like a little schoolboy…

    And if they are gutless and turn down his meeting, they will be rightfully shamed for how little they have done to help the Tatars.

    • Sergey Tokarev

      Hi Fetishist! Yeah, I know the difference between Ukrainians and Russians – the one you say about on KyivPost site. According to Ukrainian sources (LOL), each refugee in Ukraine got over 50 tons of humanitarian aid. (LOL again).

      • canuke

        I’m not clear what you’re getting at.

        • Sergey Tokarev

          I was telling Mykola Brent that he is pathetic, KyivPost, censor and other sources he relies on are pathetic as well. They proudly keep high bar of journalism – 95% of lies in their reports.

          • canuke

            I see….OK, a man who was so incredibly principled that he stood up to the Soviet state, and paid the price of years of incarceration and exile, then is again exiled from his homeland by the successor state to the USSR….now, there’s you. I have no idea who you are or who you represent, but it’s an easy choice to choose between the two of you. It just so happens to come via Euromaidanpress or Kyiv Post. I have no problem with either of those sources. They have been so much more enlightening than anything which comes out of the Kremlin disinformation machine.

          • Sergey Tokarev

            1) I heard he was a rapist, but won’t swear, 2) I always admired dissidents, but during last two years reading their ravings I have to admit most of them were quite krappy people. There were some heroes of course, 3) Russia is by far better than both USSR and Ukraine from any point of view, so it is propaganda, bigotry, 4) Even the best of victims of repressions such as Shalamov couldn’t cope with urge of vengeance, so Dzhemilev stance is undestandable, 5) I have read enough of calls to re-double investments in inter-ethnic and inter-religious hate in Russia. Dzhemilev got money from Poland. Go figure.

          • canuke

            How low would you stoop? First of all, character assassination, (the “I heard….”….my comment: heard from where? This accusation is utterly despicable). “Krappy people”? First it’s “crappy”, but I digress. Your comments on incredible individuals that risked all: Valentyn Moroz, Anatoliy Sharansky, Andrei Sakharov, Petro Grigorenko, Chornovil, Lukyanenko, Josef Slipyi, Svitlychna, Symonenko. Add thousands of names, including presently held from fabricated charges, as Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko and film maker Oleh Sentsov. And you dare question the motives of such esteemed individuals, many of whom paid with their lives, or their health. I wonder why I even bother responding to such nonsense, accusing Dzhemilev of inter-ethnic/religious hate. Please, look yourself in the mirror and ask, who is propagating the hatred. It is NOT heroes such as Dzhemilev.

          • Sergey Tokarev

            LOL. :) Would you please refrain from comparing Dzhemilev to A. Sakharov? Don’t stoop so low.
            Savchenko – why do you think that the charges were fabricated? Sentsov – I know nothing about him.
            Dzhemilev promotes hate, and this is a fact. He does not represent Crimean Tatars.

          • BlackisNOTWhite

            When Crimea was first invaded by Russia, Putin promised there would be 3 state languages on the Crimean Peninsula, Ukrainian, Russian and Crimean Tatar, are there three state languages now? Who represents Crimean Tatars? How do you define ‘fact’? Are these the ‘facts’ of Russian media? Sometimes those in the media make mistakes, this is understandable as situations are fluid, however the stories from Russian-state controlled media have been proven to be total fabrications, please illustrate how 95% of this article is false or full of lies…or any other article on Kyiv Post or Euromaidanpress for that matter.

          • canuke

            I was all set to further reply to our friendly troll, Sergey, but I see he’s been deleted. He stated that Dzhemilev did not represent the Crimean Tartars. Once again, utter rubbish. He is the esteemed leader of the Mejlis which the vast majority of Tartars accept as the sole representative body, so who was he trying to fool?

          • Sergey Tokarev

            KyivPost is junk-grade propaganda outlet (as Ukrainian ‘media’ in general). Roughly 95% of everything they write are lies.
            ‘Kremlin disinformation machine’ – LOL. You can’t show me a single lie of RT, and there were a couple of mistakes on 1st Channel.

    • Sergey Tokarev

      Mykola ‘Fetishist’ Brent! Why would Dzhemilev speak at UN General Assembly? Who is he? He is nobody. He represents no more than 10% of Crimean Tatars.
      After Turkish president Mr. Erdogan thanked Putin for helping Crimean Tatars this would be strange.

  • Paul P. Valtos

    Give them hell.

  • sandy miller

    Sergey…This is a man of great courage who has fought for his homeland. what do you do you silly man who sits his ass on a computer all day and lies for the evil empire Russia.

    • Sergey Tokarev

      Dear Sandy (and your ilk)! You are free to challenge my comments, bet money and become better off. Regards.