Culture News, 01/10/2017

Inspiring Movies at Kharkiv MeetDocs

Kharkiv MeetDocs, a three-day international documentary film festival on human rights, ended yesterday. Kharkivites got acquainted with Ukraine’s and world’s best documentary films.

One of the movies screened at the event was “The Process: The Russian State Against Oleg Sentsov” directed by Askold Kurov. The documentary about the trial of the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov sentenced to 20 years in prison in the far north of Russia on charges of terrorist activities. Its premiere was at the Berlin International Film festival on February 11.

The guests also admired Dmytro Konovalov’s “Heroes do not Die.” The movie is full of emotions, thoughts, memories reflecting the spirit of the Ukrainian Revolution in 2014. This is a story about life and death of three Kharkivites — Vladyslav Zubenko, Yevhenii Kotliar and Yurii Paraschuk, — who died for Ukraine’s freedom and independence during the shooting of Heavenly Hundred.

According to the author and producer, journalist Volodymyr Chystylin, the movie shows love and sacrifice, faith and the pursuit of freedom, describes a transformation of society and a search for the meaning of life.

Viewers appreciated the documentary “Scholl No.3” about the life of adolescents in ATO zone. This is an international project. German Georg Zheno and Ukrainian Elizaveta Smith directed the movie. The heroes are 13 pupils of the school 3 in Mykolaivka, the Donetsk region. In summer 2014, a shell hit the school and turned it into ruins. This documentary received the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus competition at the Berlinale.

The festival-goers could also watch such documentaries as “Pavlensky. Life Naked,” “The Main Role,” “Kids 404,” “My Friend Boris Nemtsov” and others.

According to the organizers, main festival’s goals were increasing the authority of documentary in Ukraine and creating a platform where dialogue between viewers and filmmakers from around the world becomes possible.


Text: Iryna Klymenko

Photo: Kharkiv MeetDocs