The Treasures of Crimea

dir. Oeke Hoogendijk / 2021 / The Netherlands / 84min.
The travelling exhibition of priceless items from Crimea is being held hostage in the museum in Amsterdam, and it can’t go back home since the annexation of Crimea by Putin

How an ancient collection from long-lost civilizations became a focal point of one of the world’s major political controversies today. The travelling exhibition “Crimea – Gold and Treasures of the Black Sea” are being held hostage in the cellars of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam, and it can’t go back home: since the annexation of Crimea by Putin, the art collection has become stateless. The treasures that were excavated on the peninsula have become a plaything in a power struggle between museums at Crimea and the government in Ukraine. Both parties claim the archeological collection as their own, like roots of their identity. The Netherlands has unwillingly become a referee: to which party should the treasures be given back?

84 min
country / year of production:
The Netherlands / 2021
Oeke Hoogendijk
Sander Snoep, Gregor Meerman
Frank van den Engel / Zeppers Film & TV
selected festivals and awards:
2021 – IDFA Amsterdam
Fetish and Culture
Chopin’s Nose Award
art Ukraine

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