On 14th May 2018 Oleg Sentsov announced an indefinite hunger strike demanding the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners, while not asking for his own release. Every day brings Oleg closer to dying as his health has already deteriorated because of his prolonged imprisonment in a Russian Arctic prison camp.
The film director Askold Kurov investigates the truth behind this political show trial. Were the witnesses for the prosecution placed under duress? What effect did detention and the trial itself have on the accused and his family? The film also documents the solidarity shown to Sentsov by filmmaking colleagues such as Agnieszka Holland, Ken Loach and Pedro Almodóvar, and by the European Film Academy.
In The Trial, Oleg Sentsov embraces his role as a political prisoner. The movie reveals what the stakes are: when he talks to his daughter on the phone, we see the price paid by any dissident — not just the personal agony of incarceration, but the ripped bonds of a family. Sentsov was subjected to torture in prison, all to produce a confession to activities that never happened. “I don’t know what your convictions are worth if you aren’t ready to suffer for them, or even to die"- this is an extract from Oleg Sentsov’s speech given on the day he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
This free screening has been organised by British-Ukrainian Aid in support of Oleg Sentsov, to raise awareness about his case and as a part of the worldwide campaign demanding his release.
Free to attend, but tickets must be reserved in advance, at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trial-the-state-of-russia-vs-oleg-sentsov-tickets-47665538910.