For centuries, Crimea was home to the Crimean Tatars, the Muslim-Turkic indigenous population. Then the Russian Empire conquered the peninsula.
Since then the Tatars have struggled to reclaim it from Russian domination. They’ve suffered ethnic and religious persecution, including a Soviet genocide that saw their entire population deported from Crimea.
When the Soviet Union collapsed, they thought they would be finally free and safe in their homeland. But in 2014 their dreams were dashed when Vladimir Putin invaded and re-annexed the peninsula.
This film tells the rich and tragic history of the Crimean Tatar people from ancient times to today.