Creators of "Mr Jones" biopic speak up for Oleh Sentsov at Berlinale

18:40, 11 February 2019
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Activists and the team who brought “Mr. Jones” to Berlinale Film Festival on Monday, Feb 11, took to the Berlinale's red carpet carrying portraits of a Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and posters demanding the release of Kremlin's political prisoners.

The flash mob was held before “Mr. Jones”, Agnieszka Holland's film representing Ukraine this year, was screened, Deutsche Welle reports.

Mr Jones, a 140-minute-long biopic, tells a story of Gareth Jones, a young Welsh journalist, who became a 1932-1933 Holodomor whistleblower but remained unheard and discredited by his colleagues who continued pushing an "alternative reality" coverage of the events in Soviet Ukraine, turning a blind eye to the atrocities of the Moscow regime.

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Gareth Jones was murdered before his 30th birthday.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine has sent Russia hundreds of requests and about 300 diplomatic notes demanding the release of Ukrainian political prisoners.

"Consular officials have visited our fellow citizens in detention centers or prisons more than 250 times," MFA Ukraine told RFE/RL.

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