Loznitsa's journey through the Donbass region is composed of a series of crazy adventures in which the grotesque and the tragic merge.
Their Own Republic by Russian director Aliona Polunina caused quite a fury at this year‘s Doclisboa due to its pro-Russian stance. The documentary nonetheless offers an interesting insight into the side of the Ukrainian conflict rarely portrayed in western media.
Following a Tanzanian taxi driver in a small town in the Donetsk province in Ukraine, Long Echo offers a fresh view on a story that has all-but disappeared from the daily news bulletins of European media outlets.
Sergei Loznitsa’s most recent film contrasts the sombre with the celebratory at the yearly pro-Russia gathering on Victory Day at the Soviet Memorial in Berlin.
In quite different ways, two award-winning Nordic documentaries focus on war zones in other parts of the world outside of the Nordic region.
Two of the most distinctive and notable of the premieres at Rotterdam, concerned Ukraine. One xx and the other urban to its very core.
After centuries of hatred, violence and massacres, Ukraine is yet again at war. People continue to kill in the name of the Motherland, flag, culture or religion. Crossing checkpoints, Peter Entell takes us from loyalist Ukrainians to pro-Russian separatists, all the while searching for traces of his own ancestors who fled the country a century ago.
We are talking with Andrei Kurkow about the deeper national soul in Ukraine, about the significance of literature, about pluralism, and the relations between Russians and Ukrainians. Modern Times met the country’s most well-known author, Andrey Kurkov.
One day in May..