The Treasures of Crimea

The Treasures of Crimea
dir. Oeke Hoogendijk/The Netherlands/2021/84 min.
Dolnośląskie Centrum Filmowe, sala Lwów

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?


  • projection time:
    84 min.
  • country/year:
    The Netherlands /2021
  • director:
    Oeke Hoogendijk
  • pictures:
    Sander Snoep, Gregor Meerman
  • production:
    Frank van den Engel / Zeppers Film & TV
  • festivals and awards:
    2021 – IDFA Amsterdam

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