"Cinematographic Revision of Donbas" at the Docudays UA

22 March 2016

This year at the festival, the Dovzhenko Centre will be presenting its new publication "Cinematographic Revision of Donbas" and screening The July Storms, films about miner’s strikes in Donbas during the Perestroika period.


Monday, 28 March 2016, 18:00, Saksahanskoho str., Cinema House, 1st floor – Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center presents its new publication, Cinematographic Revision of Donbas. Tuesday, 29 March 2016, 18:00, Velyka Zhytomyrska str., 40, Lira Cinema – Screening of The July Storms.


The July Storms by directors Anatolii Karas, Viktor Shkurin is a duology about the first mass protests in Soviet Ukraine in a long time. The parts of the duology, Strike and Outburst, are dedicated to two waves of miners’ strikes in Donetsk, in 1989 and 1990, which were unprecedented in scale.


For contemporary audiences, The July Storms is priceless document of Perestroika. Firstly, we can see the awakening of contemporary political consciousness of Ukrainians, the beginnings of which we were able to witness in the struggles for Ukrainian Independence during the Ukrainian revolutions in 2004 and 2014.


"Cinematographic Revision of Donbas" is the first attempt to explore and define the place of the Donbas region within the context of Ukrainian cinema history. The book’s chapters research the array of Ukrainian Soviet films which were was set in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and analyze the mechanisms of representation of the Donbas within Soviet ideological framework and myths.


The participants of the presentation: Stanislav Menzelevskyy (head of the department of science and program development of the Dovzhenko Center, compiler of The Film Revision of Donbas collection), Anna Onufriyenko (film researcher at the Dovzhenko Center, and a co-author of the book), Oleksandr Teliuk (film researcher at the Dovzhenko Center, and a co-author of the book), Kateryna Yakovlenko (a PhD student at the Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, and a co-author of the book) and Lucy Zoria (the coordinator of the Dovzhenko Center’s “Cinematographic Revision of Donbas” project and other projects).

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