Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

HARVEST OF DESPAIR

Year: 1984
Country: Canada
Run Time: 55 minutes

HARVEST OF DESPAIR is the first documentary to be made about "the forgotten holocaust," the 1932-33 famine in the Ukraine. Archival film footage and the riveting testimonies of survivors now living in the U.S. and Canada point to the appalling cause of the famine - a deliberate genocide plan decreed by the Soviet central government for political and economic gain. While their wheat-fields produced abundant grain for export, 25,000 Ukrainians starved to death daily, totalling 5 to 10 million by the end of 1933. Called "one of the greatest cover-ups in history," the grisly horrors described are still denied by the government today. The film indicts not only the Soviet Union, but a world that permits such things to exist, even today.

Producer
Slavko Nowytski, Yurij Luhovy

Cinematography
Thomas Bustyn

Editing
Yurij Luhovy

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