Accessibility at the festival

From 31 May to 6 June, Kyiv will host the 21st Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival with the central theme Ten Years of the Three-Day War That Has Been Going on for Three Centuries. Exclusively after the festival closes, there will be three audience days: 7–9 June. During these days, we will screen the winning films of the competition programs and festival hits again.

The festival will feature 62 films from 34 countries, ranging from Chile to Taiwan. The program includes 19 Ukrainian films: 10 national premieres and 9 world premieres. The films will have descriptive subtitles for people with hearing impairments, and 15 of them will have audio descriptions for people with visual impairments. All events of the RIGHTS NOW! Human Rights Programme will be interpreted in sign language.

The festival will open with the Ukrainian film Intercepted by Oksana Karpovych and close with the documentary Mission 200 by Volodymyr Sydko. Screenings and events will take place at the Zhovten Cinema (26 Kostyantynivska St.), KINO42 (11B Kostyantynivska St.), the House of Cinema (6 Saksahanskoho St.), as well as in the online cinema DOCUSPACE.



Audio description is an accessible format that provides an off-screen, specially created audio track describing the visual elements of a film for people with visual impairments. To use this format at offline screenings, you need to download the Earcatch app on your mobile phone. The app synchronises the audio description with the film.


At the 21st Docudays UA, the following films will have audio descriptions:

To enable audio description for a film in the online cinema DOCUSPACE, you need to click on the button labelled "AD" next to the player.




Adapted (descriptive) subtitles are a standard practice at Docudays UA. These subtitles include special markers, symbols, and additional text that represent the audio elements of the film (music, additional sounds). Such subtitles allow people with hearing impairments to immerse themselves more fully in the atmosphere of the film and follow its content. This year, almost all films will have descriptive subtitles.

Descriptive subtitles are embedded in the films for offline screenings. In the online cinema DOCUSPACE, you can access them by clicking on the corresponding icon in the top left corner of the website.



All events of the RIGHTS NOW! Human Rights Programme will be interpreted in sign language.

The 21st Docudays UA is held with the support of the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine, the US Embassy in Ukraine, International Media Support, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine, the Embassy of Estonia in Ukraine, the Polish Institute in Kyiv, Institut français d'Ukraine, Danish Cultural Institute, the Czech Centre in Kyiv, and the Embassy of Hungary in Kyiv. The opinions, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily reflect the views of the governments or organisations of these countries. Responsibility for the content of the publication lies exclusively on the authors of the publication.
 31 — 9 
June 2024