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    Anonymous

    History behind “Bitter Harvest.” http://euromaidanpress.com/2016/11/04/the-history-behind-hollywoods-bitter-harvest-about-the-holodomor-stalin-ukraine-genocide/#arvlbdata

    Considered one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th century, the Holodomor (also known as the Great Famine) killed somewhere between 2.5 and 10 million Ukrainians in 1931-32. Although the cause of the devastating famine has long been a source of global debate, it’s widely believed to be a genocide orchestrated by the Stalin-ruled Soviet Union against Ukraine’s population.

    Now, the Holodomor serves as the backdrop for the sweeping new romantic epic Bitter Harvest. (Watch the exclusive trailer below.) And the film makes no secret where it stands on the issue of the Holodmor’s cause: “Ukraine must be taught to bow to our will,” a Russian official says in the preview’s opening moments. When told such efforts could kill millions, Stalin (Gary Oliver) replies coldly, “Who in the world will know?”

    We see the effects of the famine through the eyes of Yuri (Max Irons), a recently engaged artist whose land is seized and who becomes a key figure in the resistance against the Soviet oppressors. Fueling Yuri’s fire is not only his deep love for his country but also his deep love for the beautiful Natalka (Les Misérables breakout Samantha Barks), whom he must leave to join the fight and eventually escape imprisonment to save from starvation.

    Directed by George Mendeluk from an original screenplay by Richard Bachynsky Hoover, Bitter Harvest also features Barry Pepper, Terence Stamp, and Tamer Hassan. The film opens Feb. 24, 2017.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKLBp3fZ5zA

    #386463

    Anonymous

    Looking forward to this movie. Holodomor or Gladomor is event, teriffic event, which never had mass recognition, sadly. This was so terrible that even Holokaust isn’t so bad toward this in numbers and events.

    #386453

    Anonymous

    Ukes trying to outjew the Jew. Not gonna happen.

    #359603

    Anonymous

    Sounds like an anti-Russian propaganda movie orchestrated by the hollywood jews.

    #359579

    Anonymous

     It’s not an anti-Russian propoganda as well as movies about the Shoah is not an anti-German one. 

    #359580

    Anonymous

     I wonder if the movie will be shown at the Russian cinemas or not.

    #359581

    Anonymous

    It’s not what it looks like, eh?

    #359582

    Anonymous

    Southern Russia and northern Kazakhstan suffered no less during Holodomor than Ukraine. Holodomor was not directed at a particular ethnicity. It was directed at a social class. Peasants working on land suffered the most.  In addition, almost half of Ukraine didn’t experience Holodomor as it was part of Poland in 1932-1933.

    #351187

    Anonymous

    @Montana Remains to be seen,but it comes at a very interesting moment in time.
    Also,wtf is a shoaw?

    #428950

    Anonymous

    Shoah means “Holocaust” in Hebrew.

    #428941

    Anonymous

    Well,well,well…
    Flushing out the yids one beak at a time. :D

    #428668

    Anonymous

    Oy, vey! Get out of muh shoah business, goyim!

    #435189

    Anonymous

    The film has not had good reviews but the most important thing is that it is the first to shine a light on Holodomor and bring this appalling crime to a wider audience. Surprisingly, the film is being shown at my local theater. Unsurprisingly, no one wants to go with me to see it.  :/

    This review from AV Club is rather hilarious. http://www.avclub.com/review/wannabe-historical-epic-bitter-harvest-bears-sappy-250684 Apparently, the cast is decidedly un-Slavic looking.

    A few quotes from the review:

    Even if it weren’t about an atrocity, this training-wheels Doctor Zhivago would still be lame: the tale of a country boy who goes off to Kiev to become a painter, gets washed out by the tyranny of cheery socialist realist art (which the movie ironically resembles), and eventually finds his way home to rescue his sweetheart and give a budget-conscious what for to some sneering Soviets. 

    Max Irons stars as Yuri, a simple peasant raised by his father (Barry Pepper, with a thick Taras Bulba mustache and foot-long forelock) and grandfather (Stamp) in a rural idyll of embroidered tunics, folk instruments, and reasonable grain production that is turned upside down by the arrival of jack-booted, priest-killing Communists. Leaving behind his beloved Natalka (Samantha Barks), he goes off to join his friends in the big city as an art student. There begins a cornball odyssey that, among other things, finds our decidedly un-Slavic-looking hero escaping from prison and taking part in a hokey homage to the “La Marseillaise” scene from Casablanca. Periodically, Bitter Harvest cuts to Joseph Stalin (Gary Oliver), who bellows, “Damn those Ukrainians!” to his wormy advisors. Stalin was in real life a small man who spoke unremarkably in a Georgian accent, though it’s said that he had a very pleasant tenor singing voice. On screen, however, he is always depicted as a throaty bull of a man—here, as a down-market Ray Winstone. He isn’t even that big a part of Bitter Harvest, but imagine a sappy melodrama about an archetypal Jewish tailor in the Third Reich where the story is interrupted by occasional cuts to Hitler saying, “I’ll get those gosh-darned Jews!”

    The gray, emaciated bodies of the dead are little more than an easy indicator of hard times for these decidedly not-Slavic-looking Ukrainians, along with all those minor characters who are introduced in one scene only to be killed or disappeared in the next. But at least this cloying attempt to stir nationalist and diasporic pride is good for the occasional, inadvertent laugh. In one scene, Yuri is entrusted with the family heirlooms. “Your father’s dream,” he is told as he handed the most sacred of relics in the candlelight: a pamphlet about Canada.

    #422638

    Anonymous

    Have you found somebody to go with you to see the movie?

    #422620

    Anonymous

     Focusing on a romantic melodramatic scene in the setting of a genocide that has been covered up for years (and is still), is like eating pickles covered in chocolate. The Canadian film industry is embarrassing. I hope that the restless spirits of the victims of the Holodomor haunt the people that took part in the making of this joke of a film. 

     Also, I bet there wasn’t even a hint in this film about who financed the Communist terrorists and what ethnic group made up the majority of the Bolshevik administration and secret police. I bet there wasn’t even a mention of the main organizer of the operation Lazar Kaganovich. 

     Below is a link to a video that shows the response of Jews to the Holodomor. 

     https://youtu.be/CvhZyl_IADE

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