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HARVEST OF DESPAIR

Canada, 1984 (MIFF 1986)

Director: Slavko Nowytski

It is called the forgotten holocaust — a time when Stalin was dumping tons of wheat on Western markets, while in the Ukraine men. women and children were dying of starvation at the rate of 25,000 a day. Over seven million people perished in a famine caused not by war or natural disaster but by ruthless decree. This film documents the tragic consequences of the Ukrainian nation's struggle for greater cultural and political autonomy from Russian control in the Twenties and Thirties. Through rare archival footage and intensely moving eye-witness accounts, the results of Stalin's lethal counter-measures unfold in harrowing detail.

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