who are Muslims of Turkic origin were deported en masse 70 years ago from their homeland by the then Soviet ruler Josef Stalin who accused them of collaborating with Nazi Germany.
Crimea is where roughly 300,000 Tartars
of Turkic origin live.
Screening at Metropolis Cinema-Sofil as part of the Greats of Italian Cinema retrospective, "Tartars
" is unremittingly engaging.
as one of many royal hunting camps and fortified settlements (Kremlins), to its history as the city of Moscow invaded by or in thrall to the Khans, the Tartars
, the Poles, and the French.
Meanwhile, Umai/Mamay's brothers get lost in the wilderness looking for him and end up cornered in a forest by the Tartars
. It looks like they're about to get the sharp end of the saber when the Moslem Tartar
gang leader decides, "Even infidels deserve better than a silent death in a silent forest." Even so, the respite doesn't last long for the men, and back on the steppe, Umai/Mamay's romantic idyll is drawing to a close when his g.f.'s brothers decide she's betrayed the clan.
He immediately took aggressive action against the Tartars
of Kazan, some 400 miles south-east of Moscow on the River Volga, who persistently raided Muscovy for loot and slaves for the markets of Persia and Turkey.
In 1346, in the countries of the East, countless numbers of Tartars
and Saracens were struck down by a mysterious illness which brought sudden death.
from the north built a city near this location as early as the tenth century.
The House, established with the help of American missionaries, is also supported by Ukrainians, Russians, Crimean Tartars
and South Africans.
In the final act Zarema is thrown from the ramparts and the Tartars
break into virile "character" dance before the epilogue echoes the prologue in showing the Khan mourning beside the fountain erected to Maria's memory.
When the Crimean Khanate was formally annexed by Czarist Russia in 1783, hundreds of thousands of Crimean Tartars
and Nogai people were expelled from the region, heading for the Ottoman state instead.