Action for Sentsov at Berlinale Film Festival
An action was held for Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov on the red carpet of the Berlinale Film Festival
Photo Ukrinform – UATV
The authors of the film “Mr. Jones,” which concerns the Holodomor in Ukraine – the Soviet Union’s forced starvation of the Ukrainian people from 1932-1933 – called for Russia to release Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov during the premiere of their film at the Berlinale Film Festival
“Looking at this film today, I was thinking about our colleague Oleg Sentsov, and about his compatriots – political prisoners who are held in Russia. When creating this movie we were thinking first of all about them. We will not forget them,” director Agnieszka Holland said.
Right before the movie presentation, the movie’s creative team, together with activists, held an action on the red carpet of the Berlinale Film Festival with placards reading “Free Oleg Sentsov!” and “Freedom of speech is not a crime!,” Ukrinform reported.
Sentsov too is a Ukrainian filmmaker and writer, from Crimea, best known for his 2011 film “Gamer.” Following the Russian annexation of Crimea he was arrested in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment by a Russian court on charges of plotting “terrorist” acts.
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