Documentaries: An Instrument of Struggle in Ukraine?
July 25, 2014
Center for Urban History, Lviv
As part of the 7th Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art 2014 a discussion was held with the directors of the film #BABYLON ’13. Moderator: Sofia Dyak, director of the Center for Urban History.
Considering the Revolution of Dignity as a struggle of consciousness, we have observed how documentary films have become one of the main instruments in this fight. In #BABYLON ’13 the artists not only learned how to use this weapon, recording the events of the Ukrainian civil protest, but went even further and contributed to the birth of a new modern cultural reality in Ukraine. We became witnesses and even active participants in the creation of an entirely new form of communication between filmmakers and the audience when the Internet became both a theater and a full hall of viewers.
Discussion concerned these and other impacts of the film #BABYLON ’13 on Ukrainian documentaries and society. In the discussion participated Volodymyr Tykhyy, director, artistic director of the project #BABYLON ’13; Yulia Shashkova and Kostiantyn Kliatskin, directors; Tarik Cyril Amar, historian (Columbia University); Kateryna Slipchenko, film critic; Natalia Otrischenko, sociologist, researcher of Maidan ("Voices of Resistance and Hope: Kyiv-Lviv Kharkiv").
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