Vyacheslav (Slavik) Bihun was born in the multi-ethnic Transcarpathian Region. He studied law and foreign languages in some leading universities in Ukraine and abroad He is a law scholar. His first amateur documentaries were about life of students in Ukraine and the U.S.A. Vyacheslav spent some time in Hollywood. For the past 15 years he pursued legal research and undertook legal practice and journalism, as well as public activism. He published the book Legal Documentaries in 2011. While working as a lawyer in the European Court for Human Rights, he became professionally involved in movie-making. He held numerous presentations of movies on human rights, most recently in Italy, Romania, Lithuania, Georgia, Turkey, and Ireland. While continuing his pursuit of legal science and going into professional education as movie director, he works on his first professional documentaries: The Mother's Heart (about Lesya Gongadze); Ukraine in Court (human rights protection), and Mother (destiny of a mother, after the story by O. Dovzhenko).
PENALTY OF JUSTICE
Life is wonderful until the sportsman falls a victim to a corrupted criminal system. Losing all, he doesn't give up: thanks to his father and good lawyer, he seeks justice at the European Court of Human Rights.
Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych was born in 1977 in Kyiv. Graduated from Taras Shevchenko National Kyiv University; received MA in Journalism with honours. Worked as a copywriter for advertisement industry. Worked on TV for more than ten years. Made her first TV documentary series, "Context," for local Tonis channelin 2004. Worked as a Producer and Director for MTV Ukraine (2007-2010). She is currently working as a freelance screenwriter and director.
UNDER THE BRIDGE
Martin, from Nigeria, has been for more than 20 years in Ukraine. Having obtained a higher education in law in a Kyiv university, he peddles shoes and apparel on a street market. He even ran a 'boutique shop' of his own on the Shuliavka second-hand market right under the IndustrialBridge in Kyiv. The market was closed several years ago under the pretext of major refurbishment yet the place is still in scaffolds. How Martin's life has turned out to be? Where does he live: in his past, or in his future?
A TV journalist specializing in domestic and international policies. And RTVi's own correspondent in Ukraine.Her previous working experience included work at PIK TV Channel in Georgia and 5th TV Channel in Ukraine. Anastasiya underwent training at Deutsche Welle TV in Germany. She is a TV journalist by education (graduated from the Kyiv International University) and a professional in law (Kyiv National Economic University). She studied in the Institute of Publishing Business and Communication of the Free University of Berlin. She is the creator of the documentary films "The War in Chechnya: People" and "The War in Chechnya: People in Uniform".
They simply do what they have been ordered to. There are many on their way, hundreds first, then thousands. She is one of the many….
Aksynia Kurina graduated from the KSITA majoring in Film Studies. She worked as a movie critic, journalist and script writer. She is the director of several feature shorts. For the past five years Aksinya has worded in "Centre UA" a Civic Society Organization. Her area of professional interests involve projects that combine public activism with creative practices.
RIGHT TO PROTEST. BEGINNING
In the evening of November21, 2013, after the refusal of Ukrainian powers to sign the Association Agreement with the EU, journalist Mustafa Nayem posted a call on his Facebook page for people to take to the streets and go to Maidan Nezalezhnosty Square.That signaled the beginning of a nation-wide Ukrainian protest campaign, the biggest one in the recent history of the country. The camera follows a journalist on the job, meeting with friends and public activists.
KristinaLiulchenko was born in 1988 in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). She is a graduate from the Theatre Department, Karpenko-Karyi Kyiv Nat. University of Theatre, Cinema and TV. Worked as an actress and director assistant in many theatres. 2012-2013 organised Sevastopol International Photo-Cinema festival
This short will tell you what you can – and what you can't - do in this world without ID docs. The main character is an Aleksandr Shaigo. He claims he was born in Yakutia and has never been registered anywhere and up to this moment cannot show a single official paper to prove his identity. The documentary shows how Sasha survives in this world and describes the situation with relations with other people and public administration authorities. The focus of attention and of the conflict is on the fact that those in charge of issuing ID docs never bother to think what will await those "positively identified" in the future.
I shot my first documentary when I lived in Kherson. I liked it very much – so much, actually, that I decided to go deeper in the field. Then I studied at university. I completed a number of documentary, TV and feature projects. I also studied in the documentary working team at A. Vaida School in Poland. I now plan to make a movie that will make everyone's hair curl!
IN THE FIELDS
The film is about the Askania Nova natural reserve and about people who love the place and give their lives trying to care for wild nature. Counterintuitively enough, these people, united by a common idea of securing the well-being of Askania Nova, find it impossible to agree among themselves. Our hero, Nikolai Khlebniuk, was fired from his job at the reserve 20 years ago and now lives in a dilapidated hut in Askania; in spite of that, he has no plans to move elsewhere anytime soon. Our film is about the secret that keeps Nikolai inthis place for decades.
NADIYA PARFAN AND MARIA STOYANOVA
A graduate in Culture Studies at the Kyiv Mohyla Academy and in Social Anthropology at the Central European University in Budapest, Nadiya Parfan became was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at Temple University (Philadelphia) where she studied visual anthropology and urban studies. She worked as a line producer shooting American independent documentaries on the territory of Ukraine. She collaborates with Molodist, Docudays UA and Wiz-Art documentary film festivals. Moreover, she is a public activist and extensively writes about modern culture, urban studies, LGBT and women's rights.
Maria Stoyanova Graduated from the Kyiv Mohyla Academy majoring in Culture Studies and from Central European University (Budapest) majoring in Social Science and Social Anthropology. She worked as a journalist, interpreter, media coordinator and education section coordinator at international film festivals in Ukraine. She obtained her first experience in documentary filmmaking while studying in Budapest. Later on, she shot and edited amateur videotapes as well as videos dedicated to the protection of human rights and in particular, activist campaigns on LGBT and gender issues.
A young Orthodox priest, fed up with too much intolerance and hypocrisy in the Kyiv Pechery Lavra, decides to leave his service there. He finds for himself a new flock: gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people as well as those living with HIV/AIDS. However, the official Orthodox Church denies them the right to be Christians; and homophobic society compels them to hide their sexual orientation. What has to happen to make the Church shelter LGBT believers?
A graduate from the Kherson State University, Oksana is a journalist and a freelance correspondent of the Tonis TV channel and the Segodnia newspaper. She has been working as a radio and TV journalist at Kherson's lead National TV and Radio Company Skifia since 2005. She participated in international TV and radio festivals and in the Kherson Document Documentary Film Festival. Oksana also worked in the genre of investigative journalism. She is a member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine since 2010.
MORE THAN NIKOLAI
"It is when you want to embrace just everything that you need to choose only one thing - and stay with it, at any rate. I shall remain a priest." The story of a priest who has to make choices every day. Who is he: a priest? An environmental activist? A citizen? Or simply a man?