What is it like to live in Ukraine today? Films in this selection build up the chronology of contemporary Ukrainian history through subjective lens. Characters of these works shape our independence today and persuade that the phrase “everything will be alright” will be heard more often.
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Program of the Films
FACES 25’ Nikon Romanchenko Ukraine 2014
History of the Ukrainian Maidan during 2013-2014 that passes through faces of the heroes of Ukrainian Revolution in the XXI century – from a romantic vocal beginning to a burning fiery struggle for freedom and independence.
LITTLE GREEN MEN 4’ Babylon’13 Ukraine 2014
“Go home… Get drunk as a shit… Go to the sauna… ” Soldiers from Ukraine and Russia in the occupied military base in Evpatoria, Crimea.
PEOPLE WHO CAME TO POWER 17’ Oleksii Radynskyi, Tomáš Rafa Ukraine 2015
The film traces the gradual slide of a society into war. Shot in March-April 2014 in Donbas region, Eastern Ukraine, it represents the degradation of social protest to an armed uprising heavily backed by covert foreign invasion.
FALLEN LEAVES 21’ Mariia Kondakova Ukraine 2014
It’s autumn in the outskirts of Kyiv. One morning Valya, a lonely 40 year old caretaker, is burning fallen leaves in the forest nearby. Before long she bumps into a charming stranger who soon manages to seduce his way into her flat. Once inside, Valya subtly and gradually becomes a hostage in her own home.
THE FALL OF LENIN 11’ Svitlana Shymko Ukraine 2017
Ironic documentary film about the farewell to the phantoms of the USSR in Ukraine. The spiritual session with the ghost of Lenin guides us through our past, present and future. The film presents the dawn and the twilight of idols, and the curious afterlife of history’s ghosts.
EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT 16’ Antonina Noiabrova Ukraine 2016
You can judge a country by the way it treats children and the elderly. This story is about an elderly woman, who, like so many other old people in Ukraine, is struggling with poverty and need. But despite all hardships that come her way, she does not turn desperate and still hopes for the best.