Montreal: The feature documentary film “Genocide Revealed” has just won first prize, The Albert Statuette, at the 2011 Litchfield Hills Film Festival (formerly Kent Film Festival) for Best Documentary. Held at New Milford, Connecticut from April 7 to 10, the Award was presented at the Award’s ceremony on Saturday by founders and directors Frank and Patrice Galterio.
The Festival showcases films in various categories creating a platform for filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience.
“Genocide Revealed” had its festival public screening on Saturday, April 9, followed by a question and answer period with the film’s producer-director Yurij Luhovy, attending the Festival. Participating also was Adriana Luhova, cameraperson on film’s production. Present in the audience was Lana Babij of the CT Holodomor committee, who has been working tirelessly with her committee members to include the famine-genocide in the State’s classroom curriculum for students. “Genocide Revealed” is a welcome addition to be included into the teacher’s kit, as this documentary captures the broad scope of Stalin’s genocide against the Ukrainian nation.
During the Festival Yurij Luhovy was interviewed on the CTV television program called Local Edition hosted by Philis Cortese about the making of the Famine-Genocide documentary and the background of the Holodomor. Luhovy mentioned the Holodomor is also an American story as some famine-genocide survivors came to America after WW2, and with the community, tried to alert the American government and public of Stalin’s crimes against the Ukrainian people in Soviet Ukraine. This television program, whose executive producer is Gregory Van Antwerp, serves 14 towns of Western Connecticut.
“During these international festivals, “Genocide Revealed” is being seen by the general public, most learning abut the Holodomor for the very first time. There are no monetary prizes for winning but a win for this documentary helps spark more public awareness. Winning for Best Documentary, generates more interest in the subject and helps get this story into the mainstream”, said filmmaker Luhovy.