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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

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The Treasures of Crimea

Oeke HOOGENDIJK

  • Netherlands
  • 2021
  • 82min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

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Synopsis

In 2014, the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam displayed a collection of showpieces from Crimean museums. When Russia annexed Crimea, problems no one had expected arose. Should the Crimean showpieces be returned to Ukraine? Or to Russia? As the two countries claim ownership of the pieces, museum curators find themselves in a dilemma. In a Dutch courtroom, a trial is held over the artifacts that do no know where to go.

Review

A nation's greed leads to war. The cruel greed that accompanies death, that may be the reason why it becomes a sin. In 2022, one nation invaded another, and its unprovoked attack shook the world. In fact, wars that are not simply explained by greed often reach places that seem completely unrelated. The film intriguingly reveals how and where the aftermath of greed destroys who and what and inflict suffering on people. In 2014, the Allard Pierson Museum in the Netherlands exhibited artifacts from the 4th century BC excavated from the Crimean Peninsula, and after the exhibition, Dutch people were confused about who to return them to. Since Russia forcibly annexed Crimea during the exhibition of artifacts, returning them to Crimea will be a giving to someone different from the past, and returning them to Ukraine will also be giving to a different region than in the past. What is the origin of the wanderings of these relics and the conflict of many people over them? Who can solve this problem?

Director

  • Oeke HOOGENDIJK

    Oeke Hoogendijk is an internationally acclaimed documentary maker. She specializes in documentaries about art and made her debut with her film documentary The Saved(1998), which won the Dutch Academy Award “Het Gouden Beeld” of 1998.​ 

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