Open City Docs and Frontline Club present Documenting Ukraine, two days of cinema and debate, special events and Q&A discussions exploring the realities of modern Ukraine and the depth of Ukrainian cinema, on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2015 at London’s Frontline Club.
In collaboration with our partners openDemocracy Russia and beyond and Docudays UA, we are delighted to give audiences the chance to see a rich programme of Ukrainian documentaries rarely presented in UK cinemas, from a live performance of Dziga Vertov’s silent 1928 documentary The Eleventh Year, to a work-in-progress screening of Askold Kurov’s urgent film about the imprisonment of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.
The weekend’s events bring together Ukrainian and British filmmakers and experts to explore the intersection of cinema, culture and politics in Ukraine, with films and discussions examining the Maidan protests that brought about the downfall of President Yanukovych’s regime in 2014 and recent conflict in Donbass, as well as reflecting on Ukraine’s longer history and relationship with the Soviet Union. Please see below for details of the full weekend schedule.
We are extremely grateful to the O’Neill Consultancy for their generous support, which has made this event possible.
Sunday, 17 May will feature the following screenings:
14:00 UK PREMIERE – The Donetsk People’s Republic, Or The Curious Tale of the Handmade Country (53’) plus discussion
This is an unfiltered, fly-on-the-wall account of how the Donetsk People’s Republic came into being, filmed with astonishing access from May to April 2014, followed by a discussion with Anthony Butts and Nataliya Gumenyuk, Andrew Wilson, Oliver Carroll, Orysia Lutsevych.
16:30 Crepuscule + Q&A
Screening followed by Q&A with director Valentyn Vasyanovych & Andy Hunder. Valentyn Vasyanovych joins us to present his acclaimed documentary about a mother and son living in a remote province of Ukraine.
18.30 The Eleventh Year (with live score)
Dziga Vertov’s silent documentary, digitally remastered with a live score performed by Anton Baibakov including the UK premiere of the film’s recently discovered animation trailer.
Book your tickets now through the Frontline Club website:
Sunday ticket £14
You can also buy weekend ticket £22
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