Crimea. As it was is a documentary about the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation, produced by a group of dedicated filmmakers of Babylon 13 production team.
On March 24, 2017 the documentary was premiered in Canada, at the Cinestarz Mississauga. More than 100 people showed up at the premiere.
The documentary featured the stories of the Ukrainian military, who continue serving in the Ukrainian NAVY and Marine Forces. It showed footage of annexation and provided brief facts and main dates. For English-speaking audience the documentary had English subtitles.
The audience was moved by some parts of the documentary and criticized the others.
“It really takes you back to 2014 and makes you relive those events and feel for those military and people who were trying to save Crimea and their honor”, – said Yuriy Khimich, one of the attendees.
“I would cut some accounts. Some stories are unnecessarily long and make the documentary look raw and unfinished”, – mentioned Kateryna Tereschenko, who also cane to see the premiere.
A total of $1165 were raised and proceeds from the screening of the documentary will go to support the needs of the Ukrainian Navy, such as boat repairs, life vest purchases, etc.