Culture News, 31/08/2017

Kharkiv Presenting its First Documentary Fest

From this fall, Kharkiv film directors and cinema devotees are going to carry out their own annual Kharkiv MeetDocs International Documentary Film Festival.

The first large-scale art event will take place from September 29 to October 1, 2017, in different venues around the city, such as the Kharkiv Opera and Ballet Theater, “8 ½” Cinema and Lacan intellectual bar. The membership to the screenings has already been made available.

The festival will bring together the authors of the most important documentaries on human rights in recent years. The directors Serhiy Bukovsky and Askold Kurov will personally present their latest works “The Main Part” and “The Process: The Russian State Against Oleh Sentsov.”

Also, the national and Kharkiv premieres will take place at the festival together with discussions after the screenings.

In addition, the young filmmakers will have a unique opportunity to attend the creative workshops of well-known directors who will share some secrets and principles of their work.

“Our main message to the world is that we here in Kharkiv are ready to show and discuss the cinema,”  head of the organizing committee of the festival Eugenia Kriegsheim explains. “Next year, the author’s screenings and master classes will be supplemented by the contest program, and young documentary directors will be able to compete with reputable masters on equal grounds,” she added.

Kharkiv MeetDocs has received funding from the Federal Foreign Office of Germany (Auswärtiges Amt).

“We are particularly pleased to support the idea of hosting the festival not in the capital of Ukraine, but in Kharkiv, which is considered the most important cultural center of Eastern Ukraine. We have to talk about human rights everywhere, not only in Kyiv,” representative of the German part Ben Dippe believes.

The festival is organized by Media Frontline e.V NGO and Boekamp & Kriegsheim GmbH production center. The festival program is still being amended and updated.

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Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: Kharkiv MeetDocs