The story of the Ukrainian Holodomor — genocide by famine — is finally getting a feature film telling in the upcoming movie Bitter Harvest, to be released February 24th.
In 1932-1933, the Ukraine resisted Soviet collectivization, so Stalin decided to punish the country with mass killing. He accomplished this through forced famine, shipping out all the food and trapping the people inside, resulting in somewhere between 2.5 million and 7.5 million deaths from starvation.
Eighty-four years later, the film industry got around to making a film about it.
Per the film’s official homepage description: “Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th century, Bitter Harvest is a powerful story of love, honor, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin’s genocidal policies against Ukraine in the 1930s. As Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, a young artist named Yuri ( Max Irons ) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka ( Samantha Barks ) from the ‘Holodomor,’ the death‑by‑starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Against this tragic backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the anti‑Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine.”