Miss Crimea

Channel 4

Unreported World

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It's a year since Russian forces annexed Crimea, and Marcel Theroux and director Nick Sturdee travel to the region to see how becoming Russian has changed life for ordinary Crimeans.

Theroux watches schoolchildren from the “Palace of Youthful Creativity” rehearse a synchronised dance to a song with the lyrics “My motherland! My Russia! My soul!” – so far, so Soviet.

But he also meets Nazly Seitablayeva, a Crimean Tatar whose father Akhtem, a director and actor, opposes the annexation and lives in Ukraine in exile. Nazly has entered the Miss Crimea beauty pageant, hoping to be the first Tatar to win, proving that she still has a place – and a future – in the new Crimea

First Broadcast

May 22, 2015



Marcel Theroux

Producer Director:
Nick Sturdee

Executive Producer:
Eamonn Matthews

Tom Lowe


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