Saturday, January 16, 2010

Gareth Jones Film to be screened in Cardiff

I’ve previously written about Barry-born journalist Gareth Jones, whose diaries on the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33, the Holodomor, were the first bylined articles to raise the story in the Western press, appearing in the New York Times around the height of the famine.

A film about the Holodomor, ‘The Living’, illustrated by Gareth’s diaries and footage shot in Wales, is having its first Welsh screening on Monday at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, where it will be introduced by Alun Ffred Jones, Plaid Cymru AM and Minister for Heritage.

This is a pleasantly quick response to an Early Day Motion laid in Parliament in November and I hope that someday soon the diaries will also be on display here in Wales.