Holodomor:Voices of Survivors (Ukrainian Famine/Genocide)

Survivors recount the horrors of living through the little known Ukrainian Famine/Genocide engineered by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1932-1933.

Stalin was determined to suppress Ukrainian nationhood once and for all through the decimation of Ukraine’s elites and its rural population. Millions died, a third of them children, as brigades forcibly confiscated not only livestock and the grain harvest but basic foodstuffs, as the world turned a blind eye. Journalists were barred from Ukraine and borders were closed. Fearing for their lives , no one spoke of this atrocity until 1991 when Ukraine gained independence. The consequences of this genocide reverberate today as parts of Eastern Ukraine (those Russified under Stalin) fight a war, master-minded by Putin, with pro-Western, democratic Ukrainians.

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Director: Ariadna Ochrymovych
Director Biography

Ariadna Ochrymovych is an independent producer/director/writer and educator.

Her documentary films include the five-part, award-winning National Film Board series, The Feminization of Poverty , the CBC production Simma Holt: Journalist , Politician, Activist and Dancing the Goddess , with dance legend Peggy Baker .
Her children’s film, Billy Goat’s Bluff with the Toronto Dance Theatre and The Juggler, (Radio-Canada and the CBC), were broadcast internationally in 2 languages. The Juggler was later published by Scholastics.

Ariadna taught documentary film and screen writing at Humber College for many years as well as for the Toronto Board of Education and Continuing Studies.

She’s worked as production manager, assistant director and associate producer with Cineflix Media and Calipix Productions (on the award-winning documentary When East Meets East.

Ariadna has a BA in French & Spanish Literature from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Carleton University.

Currently she is co-producing a transmedia/online documentary, Moment of Contact with Calipix Productions, based on the life of General Wolfe, a re-telling of Canada in the making.

Director Statement

The Ukrainian Famine/Genocide as a natural disaster was the Biggest Lie and The Best Kept Secret. The truth is only now starting to surface as survivors world-wide tell their story about the millions who were starved to death in Ukraine in 1932-33. It is important today to be aware of this atrocity as Ukraine is again threatened, pillaged and invaded by Russian imperialism led by Vladimir Putin.

Link to the movie: https://vimeo.com/143664929

More info: Facebook.com/HolodomorSurvivorsDoc

18 Responses to “Holodomor:Voices of Survivors (Ukrainian Famine/Genocide)”

  1. Brilliant and incisive documentary about one of the world’s clandestine and still unknown horrors.

    • Ariadna says:

      thanks Irene – great comment !

      • Orest Iwaszko says:

        Compelling film told from survivors perspective. This is an incredible project to find actual witnesses from 84 years ago (1933). These interviews of recollections of Ukrainians being starved for rejecting the tyranny of imposed collectivization. Their spirit cost the ultimate sacrifice and these survivors relived it for us in this incredible historical

        • Ariadna says:

          Actually the interview process began in 2008 and continued to 2011. Last January I Still located some survivors. The oldest one I interviewed was 99 but very lucid .

  2. Valentina says:

    An informative and moving film. It’s time the truth was revealed about this tragic and cruel event in history.

  3. Teresa says:

    This film showed truth about Ukraine . I would like World get to know.

  4. Daria G says:

    An eye-opening documentary! The history of Holodomor is with to be shared and this documentary provides a platform of spreading the awareness about the genocidal famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine.

  5. A long-overdue, eye-opening account of one of the major tragedies of relatively recent history. Very impressed!

  6. Roma Boiko says:

    A very difficult, but important subject & the world must know about this horrible forced famine.

  7. Stephen Dunchouk says:

    Compressing so much history into such a short time frame is not easy. This film covered all the bases and was well worth the travel to see.

  8. Susan says:

    Amazing film!!

  9. Emmy says:

    This film… I was very impressed to tears.

  10. Ariadna says:

    Thank you Emmy for your heartfelt response!

  11. Louba says:

    At last a film that shows the truth about Moscow(Kremlin) dictatorship and people can learn from history about the dangers of having dictators in power. My granddad ate a leather belt and died in 1933.

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