On April, 6th Viktor Hrom’s film Crimea. Surrounded By Betrayal was premiered at the Vira Kholodna art-center. The film has been made with the support of the Ukrainian military television. Authors say their main goal was to show a true version of those days events. Shots had been taken by Lt. Colonel.
Viktor Hrom’s footage, made at the 36th coast guard disposition, became a basis for the film. At that time, in March 2014, he was a war correspondent there. The viewers could watch how days and nights of the Ukrainian soldiers suddenly surrounded by the ‘green men’, had been passing without any plans or steps from command. These shots are combined with a series of interviews with participants of those events. Some of them were marked as those who betrayed their military oath by joining military forces of the Russian Federation.
After the so-called Referendum in Crimea in March 2014, those who were still loyal to their oath had been forced out from the peninsula. Later, those people became the foundation of the renewed Ukrainian Navy Forces. They are still serving therein and at ATO zone.
Military forces orchestra performed the Ukrainian hymn and the renewed hymn of the Marine Corps before screening.
After the screening, the authors and actors held a short Q&A and talked to the spectators. Admiral Ihor Voronchenko handed an order for the apartment to one of those Military Forces soldiers who left Crimea in 2014. He also said that the personnel saving was the main goal for Military Forces management at that time. That’s why he thinks any blaming considering the lack of active resisting is senseless.
Lt. Colonel Viktor Hrom told us about the process of making the film and about its future, “While being on assignments during recent years, I have collected a big amount of files and materials from direct participants of those events. At some point, I realized that I had almost completed the film. I just had to add a bit of narration but the characters’ speech was the priority.
On April, 10th this film will be also premiered in Mariupol, then in Kharkiv – on 12th. The film has already been translated into English and we have plans of translating it into French. We are also going to present this movie in Poland, Spain, Austria, and Lithuania.”
Director had also said that he was thinking of transforming this 40-minutes film into 1,5-hour feature film since he still has a lot of unused materials and interviews.
Text and photo by Sasha Naselenko