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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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.


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.



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Go to Wikipedia, that all-knowing source of wisdom from which many of us begin our search for knowledge, and you will find very little about Ukraines cinematic history. Its due to the fact that the filmmaking industry in this newly independent country is minimal at best. Thats not to say, however, that it doesnt exist.
In fact, Ukraine boasts some fairly fabulous films produced in the early part of the 20th century, at about the same time as Little Robinson Crusoe and The Scarlet Letter (both silent movies) appeared in the US. Thanks goes, in large part, to Ukrainian director, screenwriter and producer Oleksandr Dovzhenko, who is credited as one of the most important filmmakers of the Soviet era.

His films total 17 from 1924 to 1954, with silent film Zemlya (Earth) often cited as one of the best films of the century. With this strong foundation firmly laid, he set the stage for other directors to step forward.
Throughout the years, Ukraine has seen cinematographic expertise in the form of Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by Serhiy Parajanov, White Bird with Black Mark by Yuriy Illenko and My Joy by Serhiy Loznitsa. Today, that tradition continues with an ever-increasing number of films made right here in Ukraine competing at major international festivals: short film Ischov tramwai ?9 (The Tram ?9 Goes) by Stepan Koval won the Silver Bear at Berlinale in 2003, while shorts Podorozhni (Wayfarers) by Ihor Stembitsky and The Cross by Maryna Vroda won the Palme DOr at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 and 2011 respectively.
Though not competing, Ukraine has another film premiering at Cannes this year. Based on a true story, Feathered Dreams follows the trials and tribulations of a Nigerian girl who comes to Ukraine to study. She is met with racism and prejudice along the way, but love intervenes (as it often does). Directed and produced by brothers, Andriy and Phillip Rozhen, the pair will be in the company of a number of other Ukrainian filmmakers in the Ukrainian Pavilion at Cannes over 15 26 May. More on page 6.
Last year, Ukrainian filmmakers produced 11 feature films, 32 shorts and 37 animation films, which were showcased at film festivals around the world. Here in Ukraine, we have more than 20 such festivals from which to springboard various pieces of movielike masterpieces. Two of the biggest and best include Odesa and Kyiv-based Molodist International Film Festivals. Both accept an average of 250 films from around the world, and both are quickly becoming major players in the international film industry. The only catch youll have to wait until July and October respectively to take them in.
Should you find yourself in need of a quick film fix now, take in one or all five shining examples of cinematic expertise from Hungary this week at Kyiv Cinema, thanks to ArtMedia Kino. Theres also an incredible non-narrative film documenting the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous premiering here in Ukraine this week. It looks incredible if the images on our cover are anything to go by.

Lana Nicole
Editor in Chief

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    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.

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    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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