The world premiere show of the Russian film “SOBIBOR” made the “Victory Day”, dedicated to the 73rd anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), organised jointly by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on May 9, 2018, phenomenal. The event was indeed an unprecedented experience to the Delhi audience.
The function had the gracious presence of H.E. Mr. Nikolay R. Kudashev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, H.E. Ashraf Shikhaliyev, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan, H.E. Mr. Bulat Sarsenbayev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Bisher Alhaar, Deputy Chief of Mission,, Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic, Mr. Jean-Francois Ramon, Director, Delegate-General Foundation Alliance France, India, Nepal, senior diplomats from the Embassies of Belarus, China, Great Britain, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Turkey, USA, and others.
The gathering comprised intellectuals, educationists, artists, media people, business elite, Russian compatriots, and others.
A Photo Exhibition was also opened on the occasion. A major highlight of the programme was the screening of “SOBIBOR”, the impact of which was such that the Cinema Hall, packed to its capacity by an unusually large gathering, became spell-bound. The narrative of the film was gripping and heart-breaking to those who watched the movie, which would remain in their memory for a long time to come.
H.E. Mr Nikolay R. Kudashev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, explained the significance of the Victory Day, which was an important milestone in world history. Touching upon the crucial importance and relevance of the film “SOBIBOR”, the Ambassador made an appeal to the audience to grasp the strong message that the film conveys and the suffering, resistance, determination, vigour and spirit of the Soviet people under Nazi torture and annihilation existed those days.
Mr Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, in his welcome remarks described the Victory Day as an important event in the history of Russia. Making an emphatic note on the world premiere of the Russian film “SOBIBOR”, he said it would be a fitting tribute to the great heroes, who fought the war with great fortitude making supreme sacrifice not only to safeguard their Motherland, but also to eliminate forever the menace of fascism and Nazism from the world. He reminded the audience of the all-time record human toll of 27 million in the memory of human history. He made a clarion call to pay glowing tributes to the Soviet people and the personnel of the Red Army, who sacrificed their precious lives at the altar of the service of the nation and the entire mankind.
“SOBIBOR” is a war drama directed by and starring Konstantin Khabensky. The picture also stars a Hollywood actor Christopher Lambert as the head of the camp. Produced by the Alexander Pechersky Foundation, the story of the film is based on the history of the SOBIBOR extermination camp uprising during World War II. A Soviet Officer Alexander Pechersky, when he was a POW in SOBIBOR, had managed to do the impossible—to organise a revolt and mass escape of the prisoners. Many of the escapees were later caught and killed. The rest led by Pechersky managed to join the partisans.