Kill Your Darlings: When Will This Wind Stop

With a heavy heart, filmmakers delete scenes they love - because they don't fit the story or don't really add anything for instance. Watch a deleted scene from When Will This Wind Stop.

Director Aniela Astrid Gabryel: 'During the schooting in Crimea, our crew traveled with Mustafa Dzhemilev's activists, who helped us survive and make a film. We had to avoid FSB (Federal Security Service) checks to be able to shoot and show what is really happening. Otherwise the true document would never have materialised.

A lot of people helped us and this scene is an example of a first idea for the narrative structure of the movie - based on an undercover travel with activists. We were secretly moving among different families who created a network of people supporting one another in these hard times. It was hard to illustrate the force of the regime, because any public outings with the camera could end the filming and cause problems to the protagonists.

The difficulties with making a movie clearly illustrated the lack of freedom in Crimea. Although we decided not to build this structure around the travels of the crew, because we wanted to make a movie about the Crimean people and their state of mind and emotions, and not an 'action' film about political affairs.'

When Will This Wind Stop

  • Aniela Astrid Gabryel
  • 2016
  • 66 min

Four stories of a Crimean Tartar family overlap in this documentary about the Russian occupation of the Crimea.