Docudays UA looks at images of the past with 2023 DOCU/UKRAINE selections

Docudays UA 2023 (2 – 8) June presents a captivating reflection on the interplay between the past and the future. In this year’s national competition, DOCU/UKRAINE, a selection of thought-provoking films, explores recent history, offering profound insights into our collective journey.

Mstyslav Chernov’s 20 Days in Mariupol fearlessly captures the essence of war, preserving the raw truth through courageous and compelling footage. The film pays homage to those lost, shedding light on the human experience in times of conflict.

Dmytro Hreshko’s King Lear: How We Looked for Love During the War delves into the resilience of the human spirit. It portrays the transformative power of art as internally displaced individuals find solace in staging a Shakespearean tragedy, illuminating hope in the face of adversity.

Volodymyr Tykhyy’s Ukrainian Independence weaves together diverse narratives, showcasing the strength of the Ukrainian people in turbulent times. The film paints a vivid picture of resilience and unity through a singular day.

Iron Butterflies by Roman Liubyi unveils the mechanisms of propaganda surrounding the tragic downing of MH17, reminding us of the far-reaching consequences of war.

In Fragile Memory, a personal documentary, the fragility of recollection is explored through a filmmaker’s journey with his grandfather’s memory loss.

Docudays UA 2023 encourages us to confront the complexities of history. By honouring the past, we nurture a future rooted in empathy, resilience, and peace.

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