Kazakhstani-Spanish The Forgotten of Karaganda (Los olvidados de Karagandá) documentary film has been awarded at the California Film Awards as the Best Documentary, Tengrinews reports.
Nexos Alianza filmed the 50-minute documentary about Spanish prisoners in Karlag, soviet Karaganda Corrective Labor Camp, in 2014. The film was inspired by 152 archived documents that President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev handed over to the Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy in September 2013.
The documents on 152 Spaniards who perished in the labour camp shed some light and told their stories to their families that did not know what happened to their loved ones.
Even though many war prisoners could return to their homelands, Spanish citizens did not have that opportunity. Back in the days, the USSR did not have diplomatic relations with Spain. This prevented the return of the Spaniards to their homeland.
Enrique Gaspar Rodríguez, President of Nexos Alianza said that the project was a way of finding links between Spain and Kazakhstan.
The film presents accounts of witnesses as well as reasons behind the confinement of the Spanish in Karlag, the largest labour camp in the USSR. Most of these things are still unknown to most Spaniards.
The 50-minute documentary throws light on the lives of 152 Spanish representatives of the Blue Division, Spanish republicans and children sent to Moscow during the Civil War in Spain who ended up in the labor camp in Karaganda.
The premier of The Forgotten of Karaganda took place on November 18, 2015 in Spain.