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Special screening of The Trial: The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov at the Movies that Matter Festival

You are cordially invited to the special screening of The Trial: The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov at the Movies that Matter Festival. This special event is part of a collaboration with the European Parliament to honour the winner of the 31st Sakharov Prize.

On Tuesday 26 March, the Movies that Matter Festival screens the eye-opening documentary The Trial by Askold Kurov, followed by an extended panel discussion with the director, Sentsov's cousin Natalia Kaplan and Dutch filmmaker Jos Stelling.

The Trial: The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov
A documentary about Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for terrorism and arms trafficking. The film follows the trial of Sentsov in a courtroom in Rostov-on-Don. He is charged with leading an anti-Russian terrorist movement and planning terrorist attacks on Russian infrastructure and monuments, because he was against the annexation of Crimea by the Russian State.
Spoken language: Russian, Ukrainian, English / Subtitles: English

About the Sakharov Prize
Awarded for the first time in 1988 to Nelson Mandela and Anatoli Marchenko, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is the highest tribute paid to human rights work by the European Parliament. In 2018 the 31st edition of the prize went to the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.

Oleg Sentsov
Oleg Sentsov is a filmmaker and writer from Crimea. He directed the 2011 film Gamer, which premiered at the IFFR. After openly expressing his disagreement with the annexation of Crimea in 2014, he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in a Russian prison far up north. In May 2018 he began a hunger strike, to demand the release of 65 other Ukrainian political prisoners. After 145 days he was forced to end the hunger strike due to the threat of force-feeding. He remains locked up in Siberia until this day, from where he is working on a new film.

19:30 - Doors open
20:00 - Introduction and screening The Trial: The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov
21:15 - Extended panel discussion*
22:00 - Music and bites
23:30 - End

*During the extended panel discussion led by a moderator, the human rights issues in Crimea are discussed by Natalia Kaplan, cousin of Oleg Sentsov, and filmmakers Askold Kurov and Jos Stelling.

Information on the 'This time I´m voting' campaign is available before and after the screening and panel discussion.

In order to join us for this special evening and secure your free ticket incl. a free drink voucher please send an email with the subject ‘sakharov’ no later than friday 22 march to

Please click here for more info.