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2013 / 86' / Ukraine

The film is based on real events and tells the story of Stalin's deportation of the Crimean Tatars, which took place in May 1944. This tragic chapter in the history of the Crimean Tatar people is depicted through the perspective of the celebrated pilot and national hero of the Crimean Tatars, Amet-khan Sultan. After the Nazi occupiers were expelled from Crimea, the military command allowed Amet-khan and his fellow soldiers to visit their families in Alupka. Coincidentally, during the pilots' stay in Alupka, the NKVD operation for the forced deportation of the Crimean Tatars took place. The Soviet ace, feared by German pilots, was unable to protect his people from the crime of Stalin's regime.


Screenings schedule:

16.07.2024 at 10:30, House of Cinema, 6 Saksaganskogo Street (Kyiv), Red Hall




Akhtem Seitablaiev is a Ukrainian actor and director of Crimean Tatar descent. He is an honored artist of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. In 1992, he graduated from the acting department of the Crimean Cultural and Educational School, and in 1999, from the directing and dramaturgy department of Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. In 2003, he made his cinematic debut, playing the role of the middle brother Umay in the Ukrainian drama film "Mamay" directed by Oles Sanin, and also served as the second director.

Seitablaiev made his directorial debut in 2007 with the television film "Quartet for Two." In 2011, his film "Champs from the Backyard" was released, which was recognized as the best Ukrainian film in 2012 and awarded the "Golden Duke" prize at the 3rd Odesa International Film Festival.

In 2013, Seitablaiev's historical war drama "Haytarma" was released, in which he also played the lead role. The film received the Ukrainian National Film Critics Award in the categories "Best Film of the Year" and "Best Feature Film." "Haytarma" won the Grand Prix at the "Crown of the Carpathians" festival in Truskavets, was recognized as the best film, and Seitablaiev was named the best director of 2014 at the Italian "Chimera" festival in Termoli.

Selected filmography

  • Khaytarma (2012)

  • Another's prayer (2017)

  • Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die (2019)

  • The Rising Hawk (2019)

  • Numbers (2020)

  • Myrnyi-21 (2013)


Producer: Ivanna Diadiura

Screenwriter: Mykola Rybalka

DOP: Volodymyr Ivanov

Composer: Serhii Krutsenko, Dzhemil Karikov

Cast: Akhtem Seitablayev, Oleksiy Gorbunov, Andriy Mostrenko, Usniye Khalilova, Andriy Saminin, Mykola Boklan, Yuriy Tsurilo, Valeriy Shitovalov, Lesya Samaeva, Oleksiy Tritenko, Dmytro Surzhykov

Production: Телеканал ATR


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