The debut feature from Nariman Aliev, Homeward is a remarkable study of the conflicts that define modern Ukrainian life. When Crimean Tatar Nazim is killed fighting against Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas, his father Mustafa (Akhtem Seitablaev) and younger brother Alim (Remzi Bilyalov) must transport his body back to the peninsula to receive a proper Muslim burial. Their journey unfolds like a funeral procession, exposing the traumatic past of Ukraine’s Tatars, as well as the threats posed to Ukraine’s multicultural identity from within and without.
The license fee for Homeward is being donated to British-Ukrainian Aid at the director’s request. Thanks to New Wave Films for its support.
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