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Directed byOles Yanchuk
Produced byOleksiy Chernishov
Written by Serhiy Dyachenko
Les Taniuk
Music byViktor Patsukevych
Mykola Kolondionok
CinematographyVasyl Borodin
Mykhailo Kretov
Distributed by Dovzhenko Film Studios
Release date
1991 (Ukraine, Soviet Union)
Running time
90 minutes
Language Ukrainian

Famine-33 (Ukrainian : Голод-33, Holod-33) is a 1991 drama film by Oles Yanchuk about the Holodomor famine in Ukraine, and based on the novel The Yellow Prince by Vasyl Barka. The film is told through the lives of the Katrannyk family of six.

Ukrainian language language member of the East Slavic subgroup of the Slavic languages

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Holodomor 1932-33 famine in Soviet Ukraine

The Holodomor was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians. It is also known as the Terror-Famine and Famine-Genocide in Ukraine, and sometimes referred to as the Great Famine or The Ukrainian Genocide of 1932–33. It was part of the wider Soviet famine of 1932–33, which affected the major grain-producing areas of the country. During the Holodomor, millions of inhabitants of Ukraine, the majority of whom were ethnic Ukrainians, died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine. Since 2006, the Holodomor has been recognized by Ukraine and 15 other countries as a genocide of the Ukrainian people carried out by the Soviet government.

Ukraine sovereign state in Eastern Europe

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"In an early scene, the members of an impoverished farming family solemnly take turns dipping their ladles into the single bowl of watery soup that is their only meal of the day. Later in the film, scores of villagers numb with despair and hunger huddle silently in the pouring rain outside a Government office until a truckload of armed soldiers arrives to disperse them. In the most poignant scene, a little boy who has lost his parents calls for his mother as he wanders, panic-stricken, through a snowy woodland where the trees are outnumbered by crosses marking the dead." [1]


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  1. Holden, Stephen. "A Family's Struggle In Stalin's Man-Made Famine: Famine-33 Film Review." The New York Times. 15 December 1993