The premiere of the film focusing on the events of 1917 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Revolution. The screenings in Crimea have been arranged by the Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF) Foundation.
Krasnoperekopsk was selected for the first screening of the film, as it was Crimea’s first town to be occupied by troops of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army during the Civil War in 1920. The screening was held in a 600-seat hall at the Palace of Culture of Krasnoperekopsk. Screenings will soon begin in Simferopol (31 October, Musical Theatre), Sevastopol (1 November, Centre of Culture and Arts), Yevpatoria (2 November, Pushkin Theatre), and Yalta (3 November, Chekhov Theatre).
“This year, our country has tried to interpret the events that completely changed the state and the entire world a hundred years ago. What happened back then? How did this happen? It is crucial that we comprehend it in order to understand what needs to be done, how to build our future and what it should look like”, Debizhev said before the first screening.
The director admitted that he believed the Revolution of 1917 was a tragic event that undermined Russia. “Prior to 1917, Russia dominated Europe. External powers hated this, so Russia was first drawn into the First World War and then was deprived of victory through the Revolution”, Sergey Debizhev believes.
The author of the film noted that his negative attitude to the events of 1917 did not apply to the entire Soviet period of Russian history. “Naturally, we cannot say that the Soviet period was a nightmare: the country kept living, people kept creating, developing culture and industry”, said Sergey Debizhev.
A burst of applause followed the final credits. The audience asked the director questions, thanked the authors of the film, and called the film contemporary and relevant.