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HD HD
Time Time97 mins
LanguageCrimean Tatar, Ukrainian
Warning Violence
Homeward
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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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ASHLEY UPSHALL
ASHLEY UPSHALL
Original and very relevant
A deeply moving and poignant film. One has to remember that the Tatars are undergoing persecution to this day. There is a new wave of arrests which has been ongoing since the annexation.
Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
Profoundly moving
This would have been a sad film at the best of times, but in the current circumstances it's almost unbearable to watch. It felt very real. Thank you for screening this.
Awards and Festivals
2019
Award Laurel
Screened
Un Certain Regard
Cannes Film Festival
2019
Award Laurel
Winner
Best Film
Odesa International Film Festival
Cast and Crew