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The Treasures of Crimea

Dir: Oeke Hoogendijk
Netherlands / 2021 / 84mins

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In her latest feature, veteran art documentarian Oeke Hoogendijk (My Rembrandt, The New Rijksmuseum) turns her lens to the fate of a collection of historical artefacts discovered in Crimea.

After the annexation of Crimea in 2014 by Putin, the collection became stateless, and was held in the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam, while a trial was held to decide to which state the artworks belonged. With Russian and Ukrainian parties both claiming the collection as their own, the treasures soon became a tool in a geo-political power struggle, to which the Netherlands unwillingly became a referee.

Personal, political, cultural and historical interests collide in this gripping documentary - Hoogendijk artfully uncovers the human dimension in a tangled legal tug-of-war.

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