The Polish Film Awards of the Eagle 2019 was held at the Polish Theater in Warsaw, and the distinctions awarded by the Polish Film Academy were awarded by 21. Paweł Pawlikowski was recognized as the best director. His "Cold War" also received the main award – the eagle for the best film.
During the gala, we also refer to the current events of the world of politics. At some point, the creators present in the public raised yellow cards with the inscription #FreeSentsov (Free Sence). It was a gesture of solidarity with the Ukrainian director Oeech Sencow, who in 2015 was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Polish Film Awards Eagle 2019. Gesture of Solidarity with Oeech Sencow
The initiator of the lawsuit was the organization of Amnesty International, which is taking steps to release the Ukrainian director.
Oeeh Sencow comes from Simferopol in the Crimea. He studied director in Moscow, and in 2012 he made his film debut at the Rotterdam Film Festival. The director interrupted the production of one of his films due to the outbreak of protests in Majdan. He later opposed the annexation of the Crimea by Russia. He participated in the supply of food and other supplies to Ukrainian soldiers who were blocked on bases after the emergence of Russian forces on the peninsula.
Oeeha Sencowa arrested the Russian FSB on May 11, 2014 in the Crimea, less than two months after the illegal annexation. He was accused of "preparing a terrorist attack". From the outset, he did not admit the allegations and pointed out that the process is political in nature. He said the indictment was based on statements that were tortured on alleged witnesses. Already during the trial, he repeated that he does not recognize the annexation of the Crimea and is considered a citizen of Ukraine (Russia claims that he is a Russian citizen and, based on this, he discussed the extradition).
After the trial in which the Russians used false evidence, they condemned Sencow to 20 years of ľagru. In February 2016, he was sent to Yakutia and, as of November 2017, served his time in the capital of abytnangi, Siberia.
In October last year, he interrupted a run of more than four months, which he led, demanding the release of 64 compatriots from his Russian penal colonies.