Brit in Crimea – Film Ready – Premiere in Moscow!

Brit in Crimea is a unique film project, which began in mid-2016 after I, Graham Phillips, British journalist, decided to see for myself what people in the UK knew about Crimea. As you can see from this video, it turned out, almost nothing –

So from there, was born the idea to do something, on the surface, quite simple. Take a British person to Crimea on holiday. A British person without any agenda, affiliation, predisposition. A British person who just wants a holiday, in a place almost no one in Britain would think of going on holiday.

And the aim – to make a film about Crimea devoid of any propaganda – be it western, or Russian. To make a film about Crimea exactly as it is.

Les Crimea photoAnd that’s exactly what we did. Of course, these things are never quite as simple in practice – not only a holiday, but a holiday filmed. Then edited into proper film format. We raised the budget of the film through crowdunding, but fair to say that all told, this film has more of an anti-budget than a budget – actually Les – our Brit, more specifically Scot, paid for most all of his own costs. As you would on holiday.

And then, the ambitions grew. I wanted to make it not just a one-season film, but to return to Crimea next year to show the difference a year on, and the difference in Les’s life. And more.

And we did all that. And the film will premiere in Moscow on Thursday January 18th at the Fitil cinema, reception at 18:30 (click on link for all cinema details). So why is a British film, with a British man, having a premiere in Moscow? Because as I know, from hard experience, there is no way you can Screenshot (1170)put on an event in London which doesn’t conform with the set narrative there. I could find a venue for this film in the UK, but the ‘pro-Ukrainians’ would start a campaign, the venue would cancel, and it would go on that way, sad to say.

But, let the ‘pro-Ukrainians’, and anyone, watch this film objectively. Because it’s a completely objective film, about Crimea. No financing by anything apart from crowdfunding, which raised enough to cover basic costs. A completely independent film, with one aim – to tell the truth about Crimea.

BritCrimeaposterThe video production has been done, as with my previous films, by Oleg Somov, in Lugansk, so there’s some Donbass there too. And full praise to Oleg for dealing with a mass of video material, and making a film I’m truly proud of out of it all. US journalist Patrick Lancaster helped with some of the camerawork.

Very much looking forward to seeing you at the premiere. The film is in English, but spoken Russian when we get to Crimea, for the most part. Soon after the premiere, the film will be released on my YouTube channel, with full Russian subtitles.

Crimea Conference 2017: Crimea in the Modern International Context

Crimea is of course, noted for its conferences, among them those which have shaped the world we live in today.  In any case, not to be so grand, but I’m very

RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 04: Yalta Conference. Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin (from left to right), February 4-11, 1945.

happy to have accepted an invite to the upcoming conference in Yalta, Crimea in the Modern International Context, to be held on November the 6th, and 7th, in Yalta.

The conference has invited journalists, politicians, academics, and more from all over the world, for plenaries, sessions, discussions about Crimea in the modern context, the Crimean referendum, and more.

I’m really looking forward to being there, taking part in it, and bringing you reportage from it. Let’s see who comes, and how it goes! Eyes down for Yalta!

Brit in Crimea – Filming Complete

Happy to say that on my recent trip to Crimea, I completed filming for the film some of you contributed to making – A Brit in Crimea. Huge thanks to all of you who contributed to the crowdfunding to make this film, to make it possible. 

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Fair to say that crowdfunding hasn’t covered costs, but I’ve gone ahead, and made the film anyway – keeping you updated along the way, on what will be my first feature presentation in English! Work began on it back in 2016, and the film will be a look at events in Crimea, from 2014 to 2017, with a unique adventure at its core!

The premiere will be in Moscow in January, and you are all cordially invited! More details of that to come!

Crimea to Donbass – where Help is more help than Reportage…

As I’ve written, I’ve just returned from an intense 2-month period of work in Crimea, to Donbass. While I was away, Ukrainian media did their usual business, nonsense, by fer8writing that I’d ‘fled Donbass, not to return, etc‘, often adding in their perennial favourite that I’m ‘gay’, for reasons known only to them.

This was a deliberate misuse of what I’d actually said, which was that I had no current plans to film reportage from Donbass. That came after a 3-month period, from May to July, where I’d done everything I could, filmed everything I could, but just couldn’t get people to watch the reportage. I do all of my video reports with the idea that they will change the world, for the better, by delivering the truth, otherwise, why do them?

If it comes to the situation that I know that whatever I do will get at most, a few thousand views, with little or no resonance, it’s hard not to think ‘why bother’, honestly. More, not Crimea humanitarian 13that I judge everything by views, because I could take a video of a cat on a skateboard, or speak about Lady Gaga’s new single, and get a million plus, but they are an indication of how much something is needed, or wanted.

If people don’t need, or want, my reportage from Donbass, as the low views indicated, then foisting yet more would hardly seem the answer. Yet ‘ditching’ Donbass was never, ever even considered. More, I used the time in Crimea – where my reportage reached a mass audience, with views in the millions, to think how better I could help Donbass, if my reportage wasn’t what was required at this time.

I spoke with people in Crimea about this, about Donbass, and gained more insight into this. People in Russia still support Donbass, as before, but, there’s a lot of pain associated with it, it can be painful to watch it. Almost 4 years of war, people still suffering, the Crimea humanitarian 12.jpgdeath of iconic Donbass figures, such as Givi, Motorola. How many videos of people crying that their homes have been shelled can people take?

More, people are aware of the situation in Donbass – it’s tough, but stable. War goes on, at the lines of conflict, homes on the perimeters are still hit by Ukrainian shelling. It’s low-intensity war. This is still a human tragedy, but one that doesn’t translate into mass response to reportage. People know it, are sad about it, but what can they do about it? Everyone is waiting for something to resolve this prolonged, painful, inhumane situation.

So, views of reportage can’t be conflated with concern, or engagement in the Donbass Crimea humanitarian 7.jpgsituation. When in Crimea, I organised gatherings for people to donate goods for humanitarian aid, for Donbass. There was a big response, a large quantity of donations, much more than I could fit in my car. Back in Donbass now, I took everything I could this time, and will arrange transport for the rest, for distribution soon, to children’s homes here.

I’m also recharged after Crimea, back in the mood to do reportage from Donbass, and will do one or two more special reports from here, before the end of the year. However, for now, it’s almost certainly the case that the humanitarian help is of more help to Donbass than my reportage. 

Crimea: 2 Months of Intensity!

Apologies about no recent Truth Speaker articles – I’ve just returned from a hugely productive, intense 2-month period covering Crimea, and concluding the filming of my upcoming film, Brit in Crimea, in Crimea. The period was a huge success, with so far around 1.5 million views, and fast rising, on my YouTube channel alone, mass media coverage, and more – it marked the most popular period in some time for my reportage in English.

Crimea, as we know, one of the epicentres of the global information war –

Here’s a sampling of the reportage from this recent period!

I had a look at the information war Ukraine wages against Crimea, especially on the Crimean beaches: 

I then spoke to actual Ukrainians in Crimea, on holiday, to see what they say:

I spent time at the largest children’s centre in the world, with this report for now –

And more to come!

I had a look at Crimea IT guys, versus western sanctions on Crimea –

A look at what the west tell us about the treament of Crimean Tatars in Crimea –

Versus the reality – the contruction for them, of the largest mosque in eastern Europe –

And my exclusive reportage, from the Crimea Bridge, with more to come from there!

Unique 360 degree footage, here –

Actually, there’s a lot more of all reportage to come from Crimea, am working now on the edits, and English subtitles!

Huge thanks to everyone who’s with me, supports my work, makes it all possible! To support my work at any time, simply click here!

Donbass – Covering All Sides, Onto Something New

I’ve written about my latest period of reportage from Donbass here:

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/07/17/my-recent-donbass-period-25-key-moments/

I made an effort to cover, and in English, all sides of the situation in Donbass:

Here, a look, with full English subs, at School 60’s Graduation Ceremony, meet the Donbass next generation!

A look at life in a Donbass wartorn village:

Graham – Special Reportage (#12) Trip to the Donbass Wartorn Village of Nikishino

And work in Donbass!

Graham – Special Reportage (#15) Yasinovate (DPR) Machine Engineering Plant

And what next, over the next year? Of course, I’ll be doing special reportage from Donbass, when that’s needed. But, I also feel that after over 3 years of, at times, non-stop reporting from here, it’s time for a new challenge. Something big, significant. Seismic even.

And also, for whatever you read about Donbass, the reality of being here now is it’s fairly calm, with things not particularly moving in any direction. If anything getting a bit better, but in general there’s a collective waiting for something to move the situation forward after what is now almost 3 1/2 years of war here. 

And of course, Donbass is served by fantastic young journalists, whom I maintain excellent contact with, who deserve more exposure for their work. I’m happy to have some who can record reportage for me, if that’s of breaking concert.

There’s also Patrick Lancaster, of course!

So, as I say, there’ll be more from Donbass of course. But look out soon for details of a huge project over the next year! 

Remembering Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin

When Ukrainian shelling hit by where they had been filming, just outside Lugansk, the village of Metalist, journalist Igor Kornelyuk and his technician Anton Voloshin, working there for the Rossiya channel, lost their lives. Voloshin was, literally, blown to pieces by the blast, while Kornelyuk (born in Ukraine, educated in St Petersburg) made it to the emergency room only to lose his battle for life after 35 minutes.

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Yesterday was the third anniversary of their death, I visited the site, where a momument now stands, in their memory. 

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Donbass, and not only, will always remember them for their work, and their sacrifice.