Kharkiv MeetDocs International Documentary Film Festival on human rights will be taking place from September 29 to October 1. The audience will see three Kharkiv and three all-Ukrainian premieres.
According to the organizers, the most anticipated festival’s movie is “The Main Role” shot by Serhiy Bukovsky. This work was recognized as the best Ukrainian documentary at Zolota Dzyga Film Award. This documentary has already been shown in Kyiv and Odesa, but Kharkivites will be able to see it this fall for the first time.
The festival program includes four topics:
Ukraine. These are primarily films portraying the recent events in Ukraine — the Revolution of Dignity and the war in the east of the country that followed it. “Heroes Do not Die” created by Kharkivites Dmytro Konovalov and Volodymyr Chystylin refers to this topic.
Children’s rights. The documentary about kids living in a combat zone “School No.3” by Georg Zheno and Elizabeth Smith focuses on this problem.
Resistance. “The Process: The Russian State Against Oleh Sentsov” by Askold Kurov is one of the artworks showing the conflict between person and state.
Past years. Historical movies are part of the festival’s retrospective where “Alive” by Serhiy Bokovsky should be mentioned.
Organizers are sure these are the very topics that touch thousands, and possibly millions of Ukrainians’ hearts.
“We have a very many-sided and exciting program. But most importantly, each film is centered on a person: a mother, a child, a warrior, an artist,” claims the head of the festival’s organizing committee Eugenia Kriegsheim. “Therefore, documentaries will never be boring or obsolete. The documentary is the modern and topical movie genre. So I’m sure the festival will find its audience.”
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Kharkiv MeetDocs