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    Cataloguing chronicide In the Soviet Union

    CONFLICT: Reconstructing and visualising the historical context of the Babi Yar tragedy, where 33,771 Jews were massacred during Ukraine's German occupation.

    «After genocide comes chronicide» is the logline for acclaimed documentarian Sergey Loznitsa’s new found-footage work Babi Yar. Context, which screened this week at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Chronicide — the murder of time — is a termed coined by Russian thinker Mikhail Epstein for the act of eliminating knowledge of the past to reinforce ideology in service to an abstract future, as determined expedient during regime change. Loznitsa assembled the film from material, some of it little-seen, from Russian and German archives. It shows life in the Soviet Ukraine under Nazi occupation, and the climate of terrorisation and desperation that enabled widespread atrocities, and the massacre of 33,771 Jews at Babi Yar ravine in Kyiv on 29 and 30 September 1941.

    Babi Yar. Context, a film by Sergei Loznitsa

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    Carmen Gray
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