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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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.


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.


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.


Ukrainian Culture

Human Rights in Colour

It’s 20 years of Ukrainian Independence and yet, the subject of human rights has never been more relevant. Enter Docudays UA, the 9th International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights, taking place right here in Kyiv. We caught up with their PR Director (and writer) Daria Averchenko and Film Director Roman Bondarchuk for a chat.
With 70 films in the overall festival and 44 in various competitions, there is a range of categories, including Docu/Right – a human rights competition, Docu/Life – an artistic and creative competition, and Docu/Short – a free competition on any theme. Whether human rights is something you take an active stance on or not, both Daria and Roman are happy for people to attend for pure entertainment.

“All of the films are subtitled in English. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to come along, watch some great films and have the chance to meet some of the directors and creatives involved in the process, especially as this is the only place in Ukraine you can see these kinds of creative documentaries.” 
Included in the various competitions are films from the 15 Young by Young project – 15 short films from directors of countries of the post-Soviet states. It’s a great project that got both Daria and Roman involved, and yet was not without its complications. Azerbaijan’s entry became embroiled by government restrictions, and the entry from Turkmenistan can’t even be made in that country. “Ukraine is certainly not one of the bottom CIS countries in terms of human rights,” claims Daria, “but, there is still a lot to do.” 
As for the Ukrainian entry in 15 YbY, Roman says, “The Ukrainian film is about a 10-year old girl who wants to become a one-man orchestra. She plays instruments in a jazz orchestra with other kids. The other kids leave and the master decides to teach her how to play all of the instruments. If you want to be successful in Ukraine, you have to play all instruments. It’s about contemporary life in our country.” 
The festival is sponsored by international foundations supporting human rights. Although, the Ukrainian government support the festival in a way as well. “The breaches of human rights and transgressions of our government stimulate interest in the subject. They make people aware of its importance and significance to them here in Ukraine. Every year, more people come to us and ask how they can be involved in playing their part in taking human rights forward,” Roman tells us. Daria takes up the theme, saying, “Some businesses don’t want to be involved with human rights, but it affects all of us, whether we like it or not.” As for the festival, there’s plenty to like, not all serious either. “The opening film is about a Danish guy who buys a fake diplomatic passport and opens a ‘diplomatic office’ in an African country. Officially, he wants to build a match factory. Really, though, he’s looking for diamonds.” So, head along to Docudays – it’s full of diamonds!

International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Schedule
23 – 29 March   www.docudays.org.ua 
Cinema House (Saksahanskoho 6)

23 March
Opening Ceremony/Opening Film 
19:00 The Ambassador
(Denmark, 2011)
Directed by Mads Brügger

24 March 
Docu/Right Competition  
12:00 En Rade (France, 2011)
Directed by Roy Lekus
13:30 Sinner’s Disease 
(The Netherlands, 2011)
Directed by Jan Jaap Kuiper
15:00  You’ve Been Trumped 
(UK, 2011)
Directed by Anthony Baxter
17:00  Pit No. 8 
(Estonia, Ukraine, 2010)
Directed by Marianna Kaat

Dictatorship and Authoritarianism Screening 
19:00 Ukraine: When the Countdown Began (Ukraine, 2011)
Directed by Sergiy Bukovsky

Docu/Short Competition
14:00  Chronicle of Oldrich S (Czech Republic, 2011)
Directed by Rudolf Smid
Guanape Sur (Italy, 2010)
Directed by János Richter
15:00 The Circus Tour (Estonia, 2011)
Directed by Jaak Kilmi, Andres Maimik

Special Event 
16:00 Film Almanac, Young by Young (Ukraine, 2011)
Directors from Kyrgyzstan, ­Latvia, ­Tajikistan, ­Lithuania, ­Georgia, ­Russia, ­Estonia 

Docu/Life Competition
18:00  How are you doing, 
Rudolf Ming? (Latvia, 2010)
Directed by Roberts Rubins 
19:30 When China Met Africa (France, 2011)
Directed by Marc Francis, Nick Francis 
21:00 Argentinian Lesson 
(Poland, 2011)
Directed by Wojciech Staron

25 March
Docu/Right Competition
13:00 The Black Power Mixtape 1967­-1975 (Sweden, 2011)
Directed by Goran Hugo Olsson
15:00 Body and Soul 
(Mozambique, 2010)
Directed by Matthieu Bron
16:30 Life in Stills (Israel, 2011)
Directed by Tamar Tal

Dictatorship and Authoritarianism Screening 
19:30 Diary, Letters and Revolutions (France, ­Brazil, 2010)
Directed by Flavia Castro

Docu/Short Competition
14:00 12+1 (Iran, 2011)
Directed by Khatereh Khodaei
14:45 Grandmothers (UK, 2011)
Directed by Afarin Eghbal
15:15 Outro (Russia, 2010)
Directed by Yulia Panasenko

Docu/Life Competition
16:30 La Machina (Poland, 2011)
Directed by Thierry Paladino
18:00 Gangster Project 
(Germany, South Africa, 2011)
Directed by Teboho Edkins
19:15 Golden Autumn 
(Germany, 2010)
Directed by Jan Tenhaven
21:00 Abendland (Austria, 2011)
Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter

26 March 
Docu/Right Competition 
12:00 Evolution of Violence (Austria, 2011)
Directed by Fritz Ofner
13:30 The Ulysses (Spain, 2011)
Directed by Agatha Maciaszek, Alberto Garcia Ortiz
15:15 Doctors (Poland, 2011)
Directed by Tomasz Wolski
17:00 Special Flight 
(Switzerland, 2011)
Directed by Fernand Melgar

Dictatorship and Authoritarianism Screening
 19:00 Khodorkovsky 
(Germany, 2010)
Directed by Cyril Tuschi

Docu/Short Competition 
14:00 Lesha (Russia, 2011)
Directed by Elena Demidova
14:45 Sickfuckpeople 
(Ukraine, ­Austria, 2010)
Directed by Yuri Rechinskiy
15:45 I Will Forget This Day 
(Russia, 2010)
Directed by Alina Rudnitskaya
16:30 The City (Spain, 2011)
Directed by GonzaloBallester

Docu/Life Competition 
17:00 Himself He Cooks 
(Belgium, 2011)
Directed by Valérie Berteau, Philippe Witjes
18:30 Ramin (Latvia, ­Georgia, 2011)
Directed by Audrius Stonys
19:45 Planet Kirsan (Poland, 2010)
Directed by Magdalena Pieta
21:00 The Castle (Italy, 2011)
Directed by Massimo D’Anolfi, 
Martina Porenti

27 March 
Special Event 
12:00 Window Pane Nostalgia (Russia, 2011)
Story Without Term 
of Limitation (Canada, 2010)
Directed by Valeriy Balayan

Docu/Right Competition 
14:00 Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits (Turkey, 2011)
Directed by Imre Azem
15:45 All for the Good of the World and Nosovice 
(Czech Republic, 2010)
Directed by Vit Klusak
17:30A People Uncounted (Canada, 2011)
Directed by Aaron Yeger
19:30 Another Stage (Spain, 2010)
Directed by Norma Nebot
21:00 Tomorrow (Russia, 2012)
Directed by Andrey Gryazev

Docu/Short Competition 
14:00 Shall We Talk? (Spain, 2010)
Directed by Javier Macipe
14:45 Train of Flies (Spain, 2010)
Directed by Fernardo Lopez, Nieves Prieto
15:15 Mirage (Serbia, 2011)
Directed by Srdan Keca
16:15 We’ll be Happy One Day (Poland, 2011)
Directed by Pawel Wysoczanski
17:15 Paradise Hotel (Bulgaria, 2010)
Directed by Sophia Tzavella
18:30 Gagarinland (Russia, 2011)
Directed by Vladimir Kozlov
20:15 People I Could Have Been and Maybe Am
(Netherlands, 2010)
Directed by Boris Gerrets
21:30 Katka (Czech Republic, 2010)
Directed by Helena Trestikova

28 March
Special Event 
15:00 Quiet Place (Ukraine, 2012)
Directed by Olesya Bortnyak
Ukrainian Spectrum 
16:00 Erik (Ukraine, 2011)
Directed by Serhiy Stepanskiy
Leonid’s Story (Germany, Ukraine, 2011)
Directed by Rainer Ludwigs
Hold your head up! (Ukraine, 2011)
Directed by Ivan Zotikov

Closing Film Special Screening 
20:30 My Perestroika (USA­, UK, 2010)
Directed by Robin Hessman

29 March
17:00 DocudaysUA /Award-winning films of the 9th Docudays UA 
International Human Rights 
Documentary Film Festival 
Kinopanorama (S Rustaveli 19)

24 March 
Special Event 
16:00 If a Tree Falls (USA, UK, 2011)
Directed by Marshall Curry 
21:00 Workingman’s Death 
(Austria, Germany, 2005)
Directed by Michael Glawogger 

25 March
Special Event 
16:00 Racing Dreams (USA, UK, 2011)
Directed by Marshall Curry

Antiutopias. Modern British Cinema 
18:30 Just Do It! (UK, 2011)
Directed by Emily James

Special Event 
21:00 (no entrance under 21) 
Whore’s Glory (Austria, Germany, 2011) 
Directed by Michael Glawogger

26 March
Krakówiff Presents 
16:30 Decresendo (Poland, 2011)
Directed by Marta Minorowicz
Tonia and her Children (Poland, 2011)
Directed by Marcel Lozinski

Antiutopias. Modern British Cinema 
18:30 The Age of Stupid (UK, 2009)
Directed by Franny Armstrong

Retrospective Show 
21:00 End of the Way (Russia, 1991)
Just Life (Russia, 2002)  
Holidays (Russia, 2005) 
Directed by Marina Razbezhkina

27 March 
Fidmarseille Presents
16:30 Video-mappings:
Aida, Palestine (France­, 
Palestinian territories, 2009) 
Directed by Till Roeskins
Searching for Hassan (France, 2009)
Directed by Edouard Beau

Antiutopias. Modern British Cinema 
18:30 The End of the Life (UK, 2009)
Directed by Rupert Murray

Retrospective Show 
21:00 Another Country 
(Russia, 2005)
Directed by Marina Razbezhkina

28 March 
Krakowiff Presents
16:30 Paparazzi (Poland, 2011)
Directed by Piotr Bernaś
Last Day of Summer (Poland, 2010)
Directed by Piotr Stasik

Retrospective Show 
Harvest Time (Russia, 2003)
Directed by Marina Razbezhkina

Graham Phillips and Vadym Mishkoriz

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