UK Premiere of Roman Kryks The Last Journey Home screens in London

The UK premiere of Roman Kryk’s The Last Journey Home was shown in London on April 10 at the Ukrainian centre in Holland Park. Roman Kryk, the film’s director and author flew in from Kyiv to attend the screening.

The film focuses on three former Ukrainian residents of Kobylnytsia Voloska in the county of Liubachiv, who were forcefully deported from their ancestral lands in 1947. 63 years later they take the route from their present place of residence in the Mazury region in north-east Poland back home. In their life’s last journey, they re-live their post-war experiences, describe their pre-war lives, reminiscence about their ancestors and homes that once were. A powerful message of a lost paradise, ingrained sorrow, fading hope for the deportees, and souroptimism for the future generations.

The London premiere was jointly organised by the Ukrainian Institute in London and the London branch of the Association of Ukrainians in GB.

The US premiere will take place at the Ukrainian Institute in New York on April 15th

About Operation “Wisla”:

Operation “Wisla” (“AkcjaWisla” in Polish), planned from the very beginning as “the final solution of the Ukrainian problem in Poland”, was the final stage of ethnic cleansing executed in 1947 by the Polish government on Ukrainian ethnic territories that became part of Poland after WWII. These territories are known as Lemkivshchyna, Boikivshchyna, Nadsiannia, Kholmshchyna and Pidliashia. As the result of the operation, some 147,000 Ukrainians were forcefully deported from the lands which they inhabited for over a millennium, scattered among hostile Polish population in the western and northern parts of after WWII Poland, and condemned to assimilation. Ukrainians were expelled from over 1000 villages and towns, hundreds of churches were destroyed, some 4,000 people were imprisoned and tortured in the Jaworzno concentration camp, and around 1,000 Ukrainians killed during the operation were added to the list of the thousands of victims of previously carried out pacifications, executions, and torture. As the consequence of Operation “Wisla”, the most western part of the Ukrainian ethnic territory ceased to be inhabited by Ukrainians.