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Cinema program of the forum “DONKULT” in Lviv

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Maria Voronchuk
Civic activist from Donetsk. Until 2014 she worked in Donetsk, in public organization and different cultural projects. In connection with the recent events moved to Lviv. Actively involved in organizing of various cinema events. Was a moderator of “From movies to action” film club in the network of Film Societies of Donbas. Co-organizer of the First Night Festival of Children’s and Youth Film “May 32” in Donetsk. Organizer of traveling festival of documentary films on human rights «Docudays UA». Maria is currently engaged in various initiatives and projects, including cultural exchanges “East-West” because believe that the development of common culture contributes to agreement in society.

Denis Kovalevsky
Аctivist from the city of Krasnodon, Luhansk region. Lives and works in Lviv. He considers all Donbas as Ukraine and Krasnodon as his homeland. Interested in the development of the film industry. Organiser of legal screenings in district centers of Lviv region.

The program consisted of discussions and watching films about Donbas and industrial regions’ problems from the 1920s till now. It presented the works of filmmakers from East Region – Vadim Ilkov, Alexander Ratij, Petro Armyanovskyi, Anton Bukhalo, Jaroslav Vasyutkevych.

Among the foreign films, it can be noted documentary “Miner’s Day” (2013) by French director Gael Mocaer (screening was supported by International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights «Docudays UA»). As well as the documentary “Restructuring bottom” (1989) and directors Daniel J. Valkovits and Barbara Abrash (USA) about workers’ mobilization and strikes in the late 1980s, the role of miners’ movement in the modern history of Ukraine, hopes and disappointments of Donbas miners. After the show there was a conversation with Professor Daniel J. ValkovitsLabour story told by Donbas miners“.

Other program events:

  • Documentary  film “Eleventh”, 1928.
    Directed by Dziga Vertov (USSR).
    Introduction: Stanislav Menzelevskyi (Kyiv) – culturologist, head of scientific research department at the Dovzhenko National Center, translator.
  • Documentary film “The Waltz of Alchevsk“, 2014.
    Directed by Vadim Ilkov (Donetsk)
    The Return” discussion with the director, 2011 – 2012. Director Alexander Ratij (Alchevsk – Kyiv) Discussion with the director.
  • Documentary film “Volodya“, 2014.
    Directed by Petro Armyanovskyi (Donetsk)
    “In the East” (Kramatorsk), 2015.
    Directed by Petro Armyanovskyi Discussion with the director
  • Documentary film “Out of the Game”, Donetsk, 2013.
    Directed by Cristian Plan (Germany)
    “Meat Plant”, 2013.
    Directed by Petro Armyanovskyi (Donetsk) Guest of the show – Petro Armyanovskyi
  • Documentary film “Enthusiasm. Symphony of Donbas “, 1930.
    Directed by Dziga Vertov (USSR). Dmytriy Shostakovich’s Symphony No1 is used when scoring of the film. “Industrial Donbas” debate.
  • Evening of short films from Donbas.
    Show guests – directors Jaroslav Vasyutkevych, Voffka Solovey.
    Film “Lessons of Ukrainian”, 2013. Director Ruslan Batytskyy (Kyiv),
    Documentary film “Ballet Hurts”, 2014.  Directed by Anton Bukhalo (Donetsk),
    Film “Steps are not Canceled”, 2013.  Directed by Jaroslav Vasyutkevych (Donetsk),
    film” Mine”, 2014. Directed by Voffka Solovey (Volodymyr Solovyov).
    Discussion after watching.
  • Film “Undefeated”, 1945. Directed by Mark Donskoy (USSR). Discussion after watching
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