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28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.

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Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.

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Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.

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Kyiv Kino
The third annual New Vision International Short Film Festival is coming at you this weekend with a collection of 30 shorts from around the world. From black comedy to dance experiment to adult fairytale and more, this festivals got it all. Running from 29 to 31 March, you might find yourself glued to your seat for the entire three days.

The annual Docudays UA International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights is coming at you for a 10th time starting 22 March. Find some of the world best documentary films and more down at Cinema House and Kinopanorama the 2013 Docudays hub.
Featured under the There is Choice docu-umbrella, this years festival unites three categories, Docu/Life, Docu/Right and Docu/Short, each with their own jury and prize pool.

Back for a fourth go, and just in time for St Patricks Day, the spotlight is on Ireland and Kyivs Festival of Irish Cinema. With six feature films in the mix and one documentary, we talk to Sean O Cualian, director of Men At Lunch, to whet your Irish cinema whistle.

A Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective Crime Drama. It was a genre my dad loved, and one I became a fan of simply because watching these films was something we could do together. While we never ventured into the dark world of Jean-Pierre Melville, that wrong will be righted starting next week thanks to Linstitut Français.

Come and celebrate the shortest day of the year with the French Institute of Ukraine. They're presenting a selection of shorts in all genres on 21 December: silent, animation, comedy, documentaryYou name it! And all in just 100 minutes.

The 7th Serbian Film Festival hits the Kyiv cinema this week! Are you in need of a little entertainment to keep that holiday spirit flying high? Take in one or all five of these films and feel better!

The American Independent Film Festival is back this week read on to find the film for you!

Starting next week, youll find yourself back in front of the big screen, thanks to the New British Films weeklong festival.
Over the last 12 years, the New British Film Festival has delivered more than 50 Ukrainian premiers of distinctive British cinema. From 15 21 November this year, the British Council in Ukraine and Arthouse Traffic team up to bring you seven feature-length films and eight shorts. Somebody hit the lights!

Short film anthology, Ukraine Goodbye, was presented for the first time at the 42nd Molodist International Film Festival last week. Premiering in theatres all over Ukraine on 1 November, the project unites six shorts made in Ukraine earlier this year. Each of the films focuses on some socio-anthropological aspect, asking the question, Why do Ukrainians feel like strangers in their own home? Take it in!

Since 1970, the Molodist International Film Festival has been one of Kyivs most anticipated annual events. Discovering new and unique cinematic heavyweights each and every year, a heady selection of 295 student, short and full-length films from local and international directors, producers and screenwriters is at your disposal this October. Included in the mix is short Nuclear Waste, by Myroslav Slaboshpytsky it won a Silver Leopard at this years Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.


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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didnt Know We Had

Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.


Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.

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