On 18 May 1944, the Soviet Government uprooted the small nationalities of the Crimea stripping them of their motherland. That wound on the body of the Crimean Tartars lingered unhealed for 70 years. Those were 70 years of horrendous memories of deportation and numerous victims of Stalin's totalitarian regime. For the Crimean Tartars and other forcefully displaced nationalities, it was a 70 year-long dream of coming back home to lead a life in peace and quiet. On 18 May 2014, exactly 70 years after the deportation day, the military takeover of the Crimea by Putin's army Special Forces expelled again the Crimean Tartars from their land, subjected them to new torments and deprived of their voice. The history and all its atrocities repeats itself over and over again, indeed.
ANDRII BEZLIUDNIY AND M. VADIMSKY
Andrii Bezliudniy was born in 1989 in a small town Sumy on the North-East of Ukraine. 2008 moved to Kiev to study at the Karpenko-Karyi National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television, tried to experiment with different forms and styles until accepted that he's passionate about documentary more than fiction. While studying in university Andrii took part in the Generation Campus 2012 for young filmmakers in Russia; and some of his short films were screened at local and foreign festivals. Since summer 2014 I work as an editor and fixer with foreign journalists at the East Ukraine, filmed battalions and volunteers there. He's a freelance videographer and filmmaker based in Kiev.
Originally from the Donbass, Vadimsky for years was a small businessman - with projects ranging from language schools in Oxford to a camping shop in Donetsk. In 2011 he enrolled in art school in Paris to study fine arts and illustration. In the summer of 2013 he returned to Donetsk but a few months later found himself in the middle of the Maidan revolution in Kiev, where he started working on the documentary "Uniform". In the spring of 2014 Vadimsky went back to his home town of Donetsk to witness the transformation of a political conflict into a civil war. He lost his business. His language skills, local knowledge plus the experience as a cameraman gained during the work on the documentary helped him to find work with European media. Starting from 2014 he has been working for FRANCE 24, Berliner Zeitung, Axel Springer, Paris Match, Le Monde, Le Figaro and others…
Kyiv. The Maidan. We are on the Hrushevskoho St. to meet five police from Donetsk and Luhansk who have to contain the popular outbreak. The short tells a story of the people on the other side of Maidan barricades and expounds their vision of the situation and development in the country.
Amateur filmmaker since 15 years, civil activist, ecologist and volunteer. Author of many social videos and a documentary
War hits the strongest against most vulnerable, the kids and the old. And if kids are orphans and seriously ill, they become the first whom the agonizing social welfare machine strikes from the list.
Vitaliy Pavuk was born on 26 May 1996 in the village of Shybalyn, Ternopil region. A graduate of Kyiv College of Technologies& Design, he got started making films together with his father. In January 2015, their 15-second video won the short film competition #filmchildrenheld by the British Council Ukraine in cooperation with UNICEF Ukraine as a part of the XIV New British Film Festival and was shortlisted by "86" Urban Short Film Festival. He alsowonthe best experimental film award at Film Media Fest 2015.
THE ARTISTS OF SHIBALINSKA LAND
A short about artist Vasyl Pavuk, his vision of arts and ways of bringing the vision into life. Vasyl Pavuk became a participant of an experimental biennale of visual art in Paris, France. Under the contract he shall not to create any visual art objects until 30 September 2016 but he may create in other traditional art forms: cinema, poetry, prose etc.
I graduated from Kharkiv National University with PhD degree in philosophical anthropology. Several years ago I realized that pure theoretical approach was not enough to get to the core of social processes I witnessed. That's why I started my carrier of a documentary film-maker. At the moment, I'm working on the projects, devoted to unique social transformations in Ukraine. Especially I'm interested in the contradictory process of replacing old corrupted politicians with the new national elite. I strongly believe that these changes manifest the universal values crucial not only for Ukraine, but for the international audience as well.
THE WAR AND THE CITY
A story of war coming in the city. February – April 2014, the Freedom Square in Kharkiv. Communist flags, shouts of "Russia with us!", rallies of municipal housing and utility employees, an assault on the Oblast Administration building. August 2014, the Kharkiv military hospital. With fierce fighting raging in the neighbouring Donetsk Oblast, Kharkiv is to uptake the main inflow of wounded soldiers. Medics barely scramble to endure the colossal load of the wounded, and surgeons have to work round the clock. Amazingly, looking beyond the secured hospital perimeter there is a peaceful and quiet Kharkiv that still needs to comprehend the war has long come into the city.
Mykola Dondyuk develops several documentary projects with the focus on social aspects of diverse Ukrainian reality in direct cinema aesthetic
ALL GOES AS PLANNED
The short tells a story of an illegal development in the Ukrainian capital, local activists' fight against armed unidentifieds securing the construction site, inaction of corrupt police covering illegal developments all over Kyiv and local officials who ignore the problem. Ever-present schemes involving authority abuse and kickbacks are still very much alive and show no will or intent to go.
Petro Armianovsky(Donetsk, 1985) is a performer and director. Started artistic activity in Donetsk theatre studio. Later performed and studied in Kyiv, Lviv, Moscow including "School of Performance" by Janusz Baldyga, "Artist is present" by Marina Abramovic.
VOVA, HERO OF THE REVOLUTION
Following the annexation of the Crimea, in March 2014 Donetsk became engulfed in pro-Russian rallies. Several dozens were on constant vigil at the monument to Lenin on the central square of the town to oppose Kyiv fascists, EU sodomy and US nuclear waste and in favour of bringing in Russian troops in Donbass. Among the protesters is Volodya, an 18 year-old, who dreams of travels and song-singing. His idols are Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and Roma Zholud from Russia. How it happened the boy believed in propaganda and went to storm the Oblast State Administration office?
A boy of school age comes to the Maidan to learn the military science of Cossacks. He is trained by corral intendant, Cossack Mykhailo Havryliuk. When protest radicalize, Havryliuk is taken prisoner by Berkut SWAT; the video of the Cossack tortured by police becomes an Internet hit. The Cossack bears the abuse with dignity; at some point he is released. From that moment on, Havryliuk faces an unending stream of people eager to show him their support, give money, ask for autograph – and even kiss hand. Journalists line up for an interview with him. The Cossack starts thinking about taking part in presidential elections and is noticed by political groups of influence. A little story of the life on the Maidan in the time of revolution.
Ulyana Osovska was born in a small town on the Podillya, where was no cinema at all. She studied International Economics and Economic Law at Kyiv National Economic University, then worked as a lawyer. In 2013-2014 during and after the Maidan actively took part in volunteering, but then met with the Ukrainian documentary film. In July of 2014 she became a co-founder of the organization that deals with the development and distribution of documentary film in Ukraine. Uliyana dreams that even in the farthest Ukrainian village people could watch high-quality movies.
After the Revolution of 2014 Ukraine holds early elections to the Verkhovna Rada. The event of truly national scale becomes the talk of the town everywhere. What is the reality of elections? What do they mean for an average Ukrainian village dweller? The short unveils the ropes inside ballot stations and nuances of constituency election commission's work on election night. You will hear from chairs of local ballot stations and know better those who coordinate the voting procedure and root for the expression of the will of the people.
Kristina Liulchenko 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
THE FIGHTER'S SONG
A soldier writes a poem during the fighting in Eastern Ukraine. The author is looking for a musician to transform the poem into a song and turns to his dad, who lives in Russia, on the Kamchatka peninsula.