We decided to dedicate the 18th Docudays UA to the “human right to health.” We are interested in exploring and discussing how the world and our country have changed since last year: we’ve gotten used to masks, self-isolation has become a path to self-knowledge, everyone has mastered videoconferencing for work meetings and even informal parties.
But we have become more suspicious: it’s become a habit to keep our distance from strangers, assuming that everyone can be a carrier of disease. Everyone has learned the word “saturation”: tools for measuring it are now even built in watches. Volunteers have again proven indispensable for the country’s survival, providing oxygen concentrators to places where the government failed to deliver them. Some families in isolation discovered the joy of sincere communication and trust, but some could not meet the challenge of round-the-clock closeness. Everywhere in the world, the number of cases of domestic violence has grown.
We offer you to dive deeper in the processes of these new phenomena, which are not always obvious, and to assess the scale of global change since the beginning of the pandemic by watching fresh documentaries, participating in human rights and cross-sectoral events. We will talk about the new mythology associated with the emergence of the coronavirus, about changes in society, particularly in overcoming poverty, in corporate ethics, in health care, in communications, and about the human rights we had to give up in exchange for public health protection. We will also discuss the role our immune system plays in the new reality of the coronavirus crisis. We will talk about mental hygiene and learn about the problems which people nowadays take to their therapists. We will find out if people who live under the conditions of an armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine and in the annexed Crimea have access to medical care. Together with experts, we will analyze the medicine of pain and the use of medical cannabis. We will also start a new Campaign for the Rights of Future Parents at Maternity Hospitals. Because our goal is ambitious: Full Recovery.
This year, we invited Anatoliy Surma, an animation author from the town of Teofipol, Khmelnytsky Region, to work on our identity and the festival promo video.
His animated films about Grandpa and Grandma are instantly recognizable – from typical life situations to minor details: cars parked in playgrounds, variegated carpets or green wallpaper in the kitchen.
The main poster of the 18th Docudays UA features a medic who has come to tell Grandpa and Grandma about self-isolation rules, the main feature of the pandemic. The medic becomes the protagonist of the fairy tale, because people always turn experiences which they cannot explain logically into fairy tales.
The 3D font against the yellow background resembles a medicine package design. Probably for the medicine which will bring us all Full recovery.
The 18 Docudays UA is supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and the State Film Agency of Ukraine.