Docudays UA will hold a festival weekend in Kyiv

From November 11 to 13, the festival weekend “State of Emergency” by Docudays UA will be held in “Zhovten” cinema, Kyiv.

The 19th DOCUDAYS UA under the name Brand New World was supposed to take place in March 2022. The organiser’s team finalised the programme and worked despite the disturbing news. They believed in common sense and dreamed of meeting our audience in cinemas. However, the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine forced the team to postpone the festival without cancelling it.

DOCUDAYS UA finally has a new date for the meeting. From 11 November to 13 November, the team invite everyone to Zhovten Сinema for the documentary weekend “State of Emergency”. A state of emergency is an exceptional situation when all other topics are put on hold, and ordinary life, state mechanisms, global security tools, and personal plans for the future require daily analysis and revision.

The film Mariupolis-2 by the Lithuanian documentarian Mantas Kvedaravicius will open the festival. The film was awarded a special jury award Golden Eye at the Cannes Film Festival. In memory of the outstanding Lithuanian director, who was captured and killed by the Russians during filming on the outskirts of Mariupol, we will also show his previous film, Mariupolis.

This diptych makes it possible to understand the beauty and paradox of the city, which the director explored for many years. A city that has become a myth for all of us, and now is nearly destroyed, and which we have to liberate.

The organisers have also prepared a block of relevant short films made by Ukrainian directors since the beginning of the full-scale war. But we will also review the best of the International programme of the 19th DOCUDAYS UA, which was prepared for you in the winter. We will also invite you to watch a new VR-film as a part of the DOCU/SYNTHESIS Interdisciplinary Programme.

Screenings in the capital will begin the Travelling Festival, which takes place every year in the regions. And for those of our viewers who are abroad, we offer to join the online events and discussions of RIGHTS NOW! at DOCUSPACE.ORG.

The 19th Docudays UA Special Edition is held with support from the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine, Goethe-Institut in Ukraine, Ukrainian-Danish Youth Forum, and the Polish Institute in Kyiv. The festival’s inclusivity is supported by Oschadbank and Martercard. The opinions, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily reflect the views of the governments, charities or companies of these countries. Responsibility for the content of the publication lies exclusively on the authors and editors of the publication.

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