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‘Homeward’ depicts Ukraine’s generational and cultural conflicts

by Ace Damon

The Envelope Live Screening series hosted the Ukrainian Oscar nominee “Homeward”To Montalbán in Hollywood.

The film conveys an emotional journey for father and son after the death of the other son of man in the border conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The film portrays generational and cultural conflicts, especially involving the Tartars, a people who suffered severely under previous Russian rule. The Times's Mark Olsen moderated the conversation with director Nariman Aliev and producer Vladimir Yatsenko.

Yatsenko said of the blunt description of corruption in the film in his country: "After the Dignity Revolution, the new cops … they made an example of the American cops. So they wore the same uniform, behave – sometimes it's like a comedy, but take pride in themselves, do not accept bribes – at least for several years – so people and nature get stronger.

“But anyway, sometimes in Ukraine you can find the solution, provide bribes… you can get the result. So it's good and bad, it's complicated, to be honest. "

Homeward director Nariman Aliev and producer Vladimir Yatsenko during a Q&A session of the Envelope Live Screening Series.

Olsen asked the director if the generational conflict between father and son in the film was important to him.

"Of course, because that's all I know," said Aliev. “I grew up in Crimea, I grew up in a family that tried to explain to me who I am. Many conflicts that I tried to show, I saw. Not all the time in my family, but in my relatives 'families, my friends' families. For them it is very important.

"We have many problems in our country, but the first step to follow is to understand our culture and discuss it."

"Homeward" director Nariman Aliev on the questions and answers from the Envelope Live Screening series.

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