HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL

The festival called Docudays on Human Rights was held for the first time in 2003. At that time the program included documentaries and feature films. Most of them were Ukrainian premieres. From the beginning, the organizers wanted the selected films to be screened not only in Kyiv, but across all of Ukraine.

 

The second festival was held in 2005 and had the subtitle "Ukrainian Context’. This time the program consisted mainly of non-fiction films, all of which were screened at Cinema House in Kyiv. Shortly after, the festival went on tour around Ukraine. As a result the Docudays on Human Rights Traveling Festival was born.

 

The next year, ‘Ukrainian Context’ was accepted as part of the international Human Rights Film Network (HRFN) at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA).

 

In 2006, the festival was judged by a jury for the first time, and the following year prizes were also awarded by Ukrainian journalists. In 2008 the program was divided into two competitions: creative and human rights, and since then the festival has had two juries: one for the creative competition, another for the human rights competition. In 2008 the festival was renamed the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. The festival is traditionally held during the last week of March at Kyiv’s Cinema House.

 

XIV International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA

 

Dates: March 24 — 31, 2017 (Kyiv), October – December 2017 (regions of Ukraine).

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, NGO Pivden, CO “Charity and Health Found”, and the NGO Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts.

Locations: Cinema House, Kinopanorama cinema, Kyiv cinema.

 

Docudays UA-2017 is featuring 94 films from 47 countries. 170 participants, 76 of whom represent foreign countries, are attending the festival.

 

This year’s main theme and film program, FOUR DEGREES, tells about the first messengers of the global warming in the movie “ThuleTuwalu”, dangerous consequences of cattle farming industry in “Cowspiracy”, social strictures of Mongolian provinces in “Behemoth”, about daring protest actions by The Yes Men laboratory, and about environmental that is always political, in “When the Two Worlds Collide”.

 

Docudays UA opens with the movie about famous environmental activists’ duo, "The Yes Men Are Revolting" (directors Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonnano)Sean Devlin will personally attend the festival and present the movie. He is one of the most experienced members of the Yes Lab team, which is responsible for organization of various projects by The Yes Men. 

 

This year’s Docudays UA closing movie was “Liberation Day” by Ugis Olte and Morten Traavik, which is dedicated to the first rock concert in the history of North Korea.

 

The films at Docudays UA will traditionally take part in competitions: DOCU/LIFE, DOCU/RIGHTS and DOCU/SHORT. For the second time, the festival also features the national competition DOCU/UKRAINE. Each competition program is rated by a particular jury board, comprising international and Ukrainian experts and documentalists. The student jury and the viewer audience will also choose their winners.

 

The non-competition section of this year’s Docudays UA consisted of 10 programs. As always, DOCU/HITS presented movies awarded at international film festivals, one of which is Oscar-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro” by Raoul Peck.

 

Besides, the special program MASTERS presented movies by prominent documentary filmmakers – Serhiy Bukovsky, Audris Stonys, Miroslaw Yanek, Pawel Lozinski, and Michael Glawogger.

 

Courage, freedom, and beauty – these were the main motives of the film program THREE THINGS I DON'T KNOW ABOUT HER. Women directors are drawing attention to phenomena that often remain unnoticed due to prevailing stereotypes and prejudices regarding women’s role and place in the society.

 

Fresh view on science was offered by HOMO SCIENCE film program: Werner Herzog’s popular science essay about the Internet, an eccentric slime mold research, and an example of anti-scientific movie followed by a discussion with scientists concerning the myths on genetically modified organisms.

 

DOCU/ART unites Swiss experimenter musicians who produce sounds for their art on dumpsites; Chinese Van Goghs, who are creating copies for many years without ever seeing the original; and a documentary on post-Apocalypse.

 

What does the space we inhabit mean for us? How is it formed, who controls it, and how can we change it? In all the movies featured at CITY IMAGE program, we saw the space of protest – be it collective or individual, political struggle for one’s rights, a community’s demand to be heard, or the desire to stay at one’s native place.

 

Touching stories about growing up were traditionally included in DOCU/YOUTH program for family audience.

 

This year’s geographical focus was on Scandinavian countries! ICE DOC presented an epic picture about workers, a story of interaction with “forces of nature” in human life, and a tale about the way from imprisonment for adultery to freedom.

 

Program about consumption GENERATION C. told what humans will eat in 30 years, and what bugs taste like. How ordinary jeans threaten the humankind? How to find “a worm of communism” in the cabbage?

 

We also welcome our guests to the LIVING LIBRARY. Every year, it comprises unique experiences and important conversations about othering, politics, work and personal relations. This is the space where real people, whose perception in the society is prejudiced, embody books.

 

This year, Docudays UA invited to a special screening of Askold Kurov’s documentary The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov. And presentation of the DVD "Chornobyl [In]Visible", in cooperation with Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center, was followed by a discussion with experts.

 

For the first time Docudays UA was launching industrial section DOCU/PRO. Its purposes are to connect young documentary filmmakers with the leading international players on the field of documentary film production, to share experiences of movie promotion on different stages of production, to teach them to present their film projects at pitching sessions, to help them find international partners and deepen their knowledge of film production process in general.

 

Results of the final stages of three long-term workshops were announced during the closing ceremony – DocWorks: UA/UKWarscape, and Youth about Ukraine. During the closing ceremony the results of WARSCAPE international competition were announced as well. The award of 5.000 USD won the “Double trap” (director Valeria Treshchova and producer Viktoria Gusenok). Also the international programm DocWorks: UA/UK has announced the results. The winning project “UNDERWATER” (dir. Oksana Kazmina and producer Ljosha Chashchyn) received 3.000 GBP. "(N)OSTALGIA" (director Vicki Thornton Written and producer Marion Guthdirector) has received a prize (50 000 hryvnia) for the best pitching from KWA SOUND PRODUCTION company. 

 

Docudays UA traditionally welcomed everyone to documentary movies workshop DOCU/CLASS. It will host various discussions and meetings with prominent directors, producers, photographers, dedicated to the role of documentary in formation and debunking of myths, to international experience of human rights festivals, to role of women in filmmaking industry. Among the guests of DOCU/CLASS are human rights activist, founder of One World Festival Igor Blazhevich, journalist and film promotion expert Thessa Mooij, photographer James Whitlow Delano, film editor Monika Willy (co-worked with Michael Haneke and Michael Glawogger), as well as film directors Pawel Lozinski and Sergey Bukovsky.

 

While parents were watching documentaries, Docudays UA offered to the youngest kids a real environmental Imaginarium in the space of DOC/SADOC. Its intense program of active and entertaining activities proves that taking care of the environment can be fun and exciting.

 

From 25 to 31 of March on the third floor of Cinema House two photo exhibitions – #EverydayClimateChange and #Ecooko. EverydayClimateChange is a volunteer activist project, aimed on demonstration of the evidence of climate changes that occur every day on all the continents. This is an Instagram account shared by dozens of professional photographers from all over the world, who testify with their posts for Instagram photo competition #Ecooko that the problem of climate change is real. This project inspired the festival team to launch Instagram photo competition #Ecooko in order to find out what is going on with environment in Ukraine nowadays. The photo exhibitions will feature select photographs of EverydayClimateChange projects, along with the best works from #ECOOKO: show the country's environment competition. The winners were also announced for Instagram competition #ECOOKO: show the country's environment during closing ceremony. A prize from the WWF in Ukraine was given to Oleksandr Stepanenko. Prizes from the Green School educational project were received by: Oksana Vashchuk, Serhiy Handusenko, Oleg and Dariya Promahovy. Oleg and Dariya Promahovy received prizes from the Docudays UA team.

 

Also we had the Environmental Actions at Docudays UA-2017: 

 

Compola: For the whole period of Docudays UA festival, composter for organic waste from “Babylon” restaurant will be installed at the inner court of the Cinema House. After the festival closing, the composter will “relocate” to the “Kyiv-Mohyla collegium” gymnasium in Kyiv, which has applied for the installation of composter, but did not have enough funds to buy it.

 

12 containers for waste sorting into paper, package, glass, and other waste will be installed at the festival in cooperation with “Ukraine without Waste” initiative. The Docudays UA catalogues and program booklets were printed on FSC certified paper, and the festival guide was produced with 100% recycled paper.

 

Souvenir merchandise of the festival includes: upcycling bags made of last year’s banners; eco shopping bags from “Svoya Tara”; pencils and notebooks from recycled paper; and festival bags produced with upcycling method by ReSew sewing cooperative.

 

The action “DO NOT THROW AWAY! UTILIZE!”: free collection of used lightbulbs, batteries, thermometers etc will be held on 26 of March, from 11 AM until 5 PM, on the first floor of Cinema House.

 

On the occasion of the Earth Day, on March 25, 12 AM, Docudays UA invites everyone to the workshop on bicycling in the city and lecture on cyclists’ rights from the Kyiv Cyclists’ Association. Besides, the festival has special offers for viewers who will arrive to the festival by bicycle.

 

From now on, the festival’s human rights program has its own name. RIGHTS NOW! is a wordplay, which in English could mean “give us our rights now” “or “give them to us immediately”. This year, we have prepared events that will be interesting to civic rights experts and environmental activists, as well as to everyone who is dealing with “invisible wounds” of the environment day to day.

 

The activists of Kyiv Cyclists’ Association have prepared a couple of events for this year’s program. On 25th of March, during the Earth Hour, a KCA trainer told about safe travels by bicycle around the city. On the same day, during the event “#KyivMoveYourPedals: Do Cyclists Have Right on The City?”, there were a discussion of the advantages of environmentally friendly two-wheelers and of the ways cyclists can protect their rights. This year’s program included a bunch of urbanistic events: “City for All” from CEDOS expert center and the civic rights campaign “Fight for Right”; “Emptiness in public spaces” from self-organized initiative De Ne De; “Greenroots activism”, where participants from different parts of the country shared their experience.

 

The issue of climate change is widely associated with environmental pollution and disappearance of plants and animal species. However, social aspect of this process is somewhat overlooked. Discussion “Human rights and climate change” by International Charity Organization “Ecology-Law-Human” was dedicated to the dangers for people and risks of human rights abuse людей related to climate change. This linkage is not evident, which leads to difficulties in its fixation at national and international levels, in official bills and laws. Recognition of this linkage would open new opportunities to human rights protection through climate regulations and agreements and vice versa – for environmental protection through instruments and mechanisms of human rights protection at different levels. Continuing the topic of current Instagram competition #Ecooko, we invite our viewers to discussion with environmental activists, an Instagram blogger, and curator of the photo exhibition about the ways we can actually influence the environment and about usage of social networks for activism. GENERATION C. film program and subsequent discussion with environmentalists will help to understand the functioning of consumption sphere and its impact on the environment. We are inviting on the open event “Consumer society and climate change”, organized in cooperation with Heinrich Boll Foundation’s Office in Ukraine. For detailed information about the events, please follow the link

 

Exclusive documentary premieres, discussions with experts, and workshops from the stars of world documentaries – Docudays UA was preparing seven days of unique events and screenings. One of them also was the morning coffee, during which you will have a chance to talk to all the directors of the competition programs, as well as human rights experts of the festival.

 

WINNERS OF DOCUDAYS UA-2017:

 

DOCU/LIFE

 

Main Prize

All This Panic

dir. Jenny Gage

USA

 

Deliberate well thought through camerawork serves the subject matter and the desired atmosphere. Daring use of colors together with sensual use of depth of field made this film particularly efficient. The filmmakers are thinking outside of the box at the same time as the directorial approach creates unparalleled intimacy. It is transparent that creators are coming from contemporary art. The film unveils the secret life of teenage girls who usually go out of their way to keep their inner life closed to adults. It is the opinion of the jury that by giving these girls a voice the filmmakers are creating a bold platform for young women. Girls all over the world deserve to be heard - it is a crucial human rights issue that also resonates here in Ukraine.

 

Honourable mention

Gogita’s New Life

dir. Levan Koguashvili

Georgia, Croatia, Ukraine

 

The director's decision to get close enough to share Gogita's and his wife's experience while respecting their quiet intimacy. This in combination with a remarkably beautiful frame and a consistent rhythm in the editing, bounds the story together in a completely engaging way.

 

DOCU/RIGHTS

 

Main Prize

When Paul Came Over the Sea – Journal of an Encounter

dir. Jakob Preuss

Germany

 

DOCU/RIGHTS jury has been unanimous in decision that the main award goes to Jakob Preuss for the honest, meticulous, serious and responsible way dealing with one of the most critical issues we face today in Europe - the question of mass scale migration and how we as Europeans should and will respond on migration, what will be the consequence of our decision on other people's lives and what will be the consequence for our comfort and security. Film features captivating, charismatic main character, Cameroonian Paul who is passing through dramatic dangers and huge uncertainties, but not in a single moment lose his dignity, nobleness, determination, patience, confidence, trust in himself, in life, in human effort as well as trust in other people and in God. Not in a split of second film stops to follow and treat his main character in a very dignifying way. Film captures numerous dramatic situations, which we watch with full suspense - will Paul survive perilous journey over Mediterranean, will he be captured on the way from Spain to Paris and further on to Germany, will he succeed to find a place to sleep or he will remain exposed on streets, will he be deported after he has made the whole journey from Cameroon to north Germany, or he will settle down. Film presents very patiently and skilfully told story. It has been a pleasure to watch how smoothly, naturally and effectively film director moves from documentary footages to animation sequences and then back to documentary scenes.  But what makes this film additionally powerful is the parallel story and parallel dilemma it is opening and dealing with, the question what one, filmmaker, rescuers on the boat in Mediterranean, policeman in Spain, friend in Paris, social worker, accidental bystander at local bus stop, citizen of Germany and of European Union, what one should, could and will do when Paul, another human being from other country, from other continent is coming over the sea and enters into one's own world? What you do when you are encountering human being that has juts survived - while many have not - real human tragedy? What you do when you are faced with trembling being that is shattered in its human core because it has experienced and survived death? Do you remain professional, the one who keeps distance, who continue your regular job, who follow the rules and remain safe in his own comfort zone? Or you get out of your comfort zone, take a risk, enter into unknown, do what you normally do not do in order to try to help? The filmmaker, Jakob Preuss has done both. He has remained fully dedicated professional and has made beautiful. Also very relevant film for our European - and not only European - discussions about migrants in a moment when we are making epoch-making decisions will we opt for populism, ignorance and selfish ruthlessness, or we will take the risk of responsibility and humanism. At ther same time, Jakob has made a different choice. He has not remained neutral, distanced, professional observer but he has taken the risk of stepping out of his comfort zone in order to try to help Paul. He has entered in his film and has even taken his very orderly, stable, solid, rules and order obeying German parents into the film by bringing Paul into their apartment and their lives. Paul and his family have done what Angela Merkel and Germany have done - they have taken the risk of leaving comfort zone in order to take responsibility and to save lives.  Film does not give us final answer how Paul's story has ended, has he been deported or has he settled in Germany, and rightly we did not get the answer. It is still unknown how German Willkome experiment will end. But after seeing film we as audience wish Paul to stay in Germany, we wish him to succeed to persuade authorities that he can only help if he can continue his job of assisting elderly Germans, we wish him to make Germany and Europe stronger with his dignity, determination, confidence and trust - and we wish Angela Merkel and Germany to succeed with risk they have taken by accepting Paul and Syrians in order to save lives and in order to save humanity.

 

Honourable mention

The Return

dir. Zahavi Sanjavi

Sweden

 

DOCU/SHORT

 

Main prize

I’m Not From Here

dir. Maite Alberdi, Giedrė Žickyte

Lithuania, Chile

 

In just 26 minutes, two talented directors create a multi-layered and emotionally complex world, skilfully and artistically captured through their lens. Facing the end of her life, the protagonist and her fellow residents live with humor, sadness and often prideful moments, despite the march of time taking them closer to inevitable death.

 

Special mention

Rakijada

dir. Nikola Ilić

Switzerland

 

For a charming view into a brutal society.

 

DOCU/UKRAINE

 

Main prize

Refuge

dir. Anastasia Maksymchuk

Ukraine

 

An unusual portrait of volunteer activists, working without stats support, the struggle against cruelty and the strength of ordinary citizens takes the forefront. The small-scale story shows a broader picture of the battle between good and evil.

 

Special mention

The Fall of Lenin

dir. Svitlana Shymko

Ukraine

 

A witty and formally ambitious study on the changing ideologies of a society.

 

STUDENTS’ JURY AWARD

5 October

dir. Martin Kollar

Slovakia, Czech Republic

 

ANDRIY MATROSOV AWARD FROM THE DOCUDAYS UA ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Amazona

dir. Clare Weiskopf

Columbia

 

For an extremely high degree of sensitivity and bravery in researching the eternal dilemma of humanity - the balance between personal freedom and responsibility before one's children.

 

AUDIENCE AWARD

 

Born To Be Free

dir. Gayane Petrosyan

UK, Russia

 

XIII International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA

 

Dates: March 25 — April 1, 2016 (Kyiv), October 2016 – December 2016 (regions of Ukraine).

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, NGO Pivden, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the NGO Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts.

Locations: Cinema House, Kinopanorama cinema, Kyiv cinema, Cinema "Lira", PinchukArtCentre.

 

Opening film of Docudays UA was Under the Sun by Russian director Vitaly Mansky. Opening ceremony was hosted by Marichka Padalko, host of the 1+1 TV channel, and journalist Michael Shchur. And as the finale of Docudays UA-2016 was shown documentary film Mariupolis by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius. The awards ceremony was held on March 31th in Cinema House. Hosts of the ceremony: festival moderators Marina Stepanska and Oleksandr Vynogradov.

 

We have chosen the theme BEYOUND ILLUSIONS because we feel like the whole world is trying to break though illusions to some new civilization order. Countries and nations are leaving many of their illusions nowadays.

 

Festival traditionally consisted of competition and non-competition programs. Competition program was divided into three groups – DOCU/LIFE, DOCU/RIGHT, DOCU/SHORT. Each of them was judged by separate jury. Also this year we have announced competition for Ukrainian documentaries DOCU/UKRAINE. Additionally, student jury and viewers also voted for their favourite films.

 

Non-competition program include winning films from other famous film festivals. Thematically, it was divided into sections: DOCU/BEST, DOCU/TECHNO, DOCU/YOUNG, DOCU/ART, WAYFARERS, RE-ACTION, BEYOND ILLUSIONS, TRUE/FALSE PRESENTS, HIGH FIVE FROM DENMARK, THE GUARDIAN DOCS and SPECIAL SCREENINGS.

 

DOCU/BEST traditionally gathered exceptional festival favourites. The films from the program BEYOUND ILLUSIONS intentionally broke into our comfort zone and propose an alternative perspective on the delusions that drive our perception of everyday life. Festival's program WAYFARERS dedicated to one of the most actual topics in the world — migration. Heroes of festival's films in program RE-ACTION treid to find answers on “What pushes people to resist and do their actions become grounds for systemic changes?”

 

The topic of this year’s DOCU/ART program was ‘Illusions of Genre’. These films not only told the stories of artistic people, but were also experimental in the realm of non-fiction cinema. The DOCU/TECHNO program screened documentaries that show our surroundings through the lens of new technologies. This year the festival also aimed to appeal to a younger audience, and as a result as a new program was created: DOCU/YOUNG. This was a program films for teenagers, comprised of a collection of short films and two full-length features.

 

This year’s topic of the program DOCU/ART was ‘Illusions of Genre’. These films not only told the stories of artistic people, but they are also experiments in the realm of nonfictional cinema. DOCU/TECHNO had screened documentaries that show our surroundings through the lens of these new technologies that have become the heroes of our time. This year we have extended the target age for our audience, and to mark this change we have even invented a new name for the program: DOCU/YOUNG. It is a program of documentary films for teenagers, which includes a collection of short films and two featuresFor the Docudays UA film festival Tue Steen Muller put together a special program HIGH FIVE FROM DENMARK where he combined the best  Danish films of different years to represent the evolution of documentary filmmaking in his country: from Jørgen Leth, the teacher of Lars von Trier, to the young directors who practice selfie-films. Also True/False Film Fest’s programmer Pamela Cohn selected three of the festival’s best films for this year’s program of Docudays UA - TRUE/FALSE PRESENTS.

 

Festival also presented photo project. The exhibition of photographs by Misha Friedman entitled Ukrainian Dream is another facet of thehypnotic whirlpool of this year’s Docudays UA, which offers us the chance to look at the symbol of Ukrainian reforms, our new police, from a refreshing perspective.

 

Third year in a row, the workshop of the documentary film DOCU/CLASS functioned during the festival: a lecture by Danish film director Jon Bang Carlsen “Reality Is a Question of Faith”, A lecture by Dina Barvinova, Marina Razbezhkina’s student - “Teenage Doc: The Experience of a Voronezh School”, question-answer talk with Pamela Cohn, filmcritic and program coordinator for the True/False Film Fest, “Danish Documentary: We Are Red, We Are White, We Are Danish Dynamite” by Tue Steen Muller. Georg Genoux, the director and the curator of documentary, social and therapeutic theater, and Natalia Vorozhbyt, a playwright, told about documentary theater as the only way out of the artistic ghetto into real life. Also It was a play Mykolaivka by the Theater of the Internally Displaced on Docudays UA.

 

Besides lectures, this year’s DOCU/CLASS program was full of useful professional information. The six presentations will tell you about different cinematic initiatives: documentary workshop by Serhiy Bukovsky, IDFA industry possibilities, The Lviv Film Commission, Dokumentor international web-platform,“The Film Revision of Donbas” - new publication by The Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center, and Docworks UA-UK - a new program for documentary projects at the development stage.

 

And finally, a cherry on top of this year’s DOCU/CLASS - Public Pitching of the Guardian Goes Ukraine Contest. Six projects, selected from among 97 applications, will compete for the financing and an opportunity to tell their story to the world.

 

Last year was the first time we offered a children DOC/SADOC program for the youngest festival guests. After the warm feedback from children and their parents we have decided keep this good tradition in 2016. DOC/SADOC is a space where parents can leave their children to professional teachers and let them join the exciting documentary world.

 

“Living library” traditionally functioned at the festival.

 

Simultaneously with the film screenings, festival offered a program of human rights events. This year we had prepared a program that might interest law and journalism professionals as well as everyone who faces bureaucracy and discrimination in their everyday lives. Those who face problems in their professional field might be interested in master class “Public information access as instrument for journalists and investigation film authors”. Non-government organization WITNESS specialists told about their experience of fixing human rights violations with cameras of the simple gadgets that could be used in court. The discussion held by editors of the popular science magazine “Kunsht” told you about other dimensions of technical progress and their possible influence on our life, relationships and ethics. Also there were discussions: “Beyond Berehynia: women’s role in the new police of Ukraine” will take place after the opening of “Ukrainian dream”, “Through the illusions with weapons of the weak”, “Migration or solidarity crisis in Ukraine and wider Europe”. The whole Human Rights educational program was included around 30 events.

 

Winners

 

DOCU/LIFE

Main PrizeTHY FATHER'S CHAIR (dir. Àlex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi)

For its superb and precise depiction of a hidden and claustrophobic world full of memory and pain, the directors beautifully realize a work of cinematic accomplishment that makes for one of the most expansively human portraits we’ve ever had the privilege to see. It is, simply put, a big film.

Special mention: VARTA1, LVIV, UKRAINE (dir. Yuriy Hrytsyna)

This thoroughly original vision introduced us to an incredibly exciting cinematic voice in the Ukrainian landscape. Displaying artistic courage, the director dared to choose an off-road narrative of an epic event whilst completely exploding the documentary form in a thrilling way.

 

DOCU/RIGHT

Main PrizeCALL ME MARIANNA (dir. Karolina Bielawska)

For the humanity and the capacity to stand for your rights despite internal and external obstacles in spite of physical pain and everyone’s rejection.

Special mention: CENSORED VOICES (dir. Mor Loushy)

For the powerful and important archival work. For the musings over the difficult questions through the soldiers' doubts that unveil the ugly face of war.

Special mentionAMONG THE BELIEVERS (dir. Hemal Trivedi, Mohammed Ali Naqvi)

For showing the difficult contradictions inside the Muslim world and the ability of civic society to resist the inextricable circle of violence. For giving the word to each of the sides when it seems that the dialogue is impossible.

 

DOCU/SHORT

Main prizeEND OF THE WORLD (dir. Monika Pawluczuk)

A film of natural insight, this emotional, balanced, well structured film discusses loneliness, and longing, caring, affection, and courage in everyday city life, making a strong statement about making a difference through humanity and the art of listening. 

Special mention: SALAMANCA (dir. Ruslan Fedotow, Aleksandra Kulak)

A film built around powerful visual compositions that truly stay with you. This harmonical, poetical film contemplates the crucial moments when we reach the most difficult choices in your lives, circling from childhood to old age, with a unique view inside an isolated community.

 

DOCU/UKRAINE

Main prizePEOPLE WHO CAME TO POWER (dir. Oleksiy Radynski, Tomáš Rafa)

This film is at the same time raw, controversial, and understanding. It’s powerhouse film making with immediacy you can’t turn your head away from. It offers insights, and allows access into an enormously difficult situation of violence, conflict and illusion.

Special mentionREVE TA STOHNE ON TOUR (dir. Nadia Parfan)

This bittersweet, tragicomical and universal story about artistic struggle and friendship was our emotional favorite, showing a wonderful chemistry between the two protagonists, and building the atmosphere in a genuine and organic way. 

 

STUDENTS’ JURY AWARD 

PANORAMA (dir. Yuriy Shylov)

For the prosperty of film art.

 

ANDRIY MATROSOV AWARD FROM THE DOCUDAYS UA ORGANIZING COMMITTEE 

TEN SECONDS (dir. Yuliia Hontaruk) 

For creating the convincing sensation of fragility and vulnerability of life. For the ability to hear, love, and accept the people with their contradictions. For the masterful visualization of overwhelming despair and unbreakable optimism combined in the same people at the moment of tragic Mariupol shelling.

 

AUDIENCE AWARD

DAVID & ME (dir. Ray Klonsky, Mark Lamy)

 

XII International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA 

Dates: March 20-27, 2015 (Kyiv), October 2015 – December 2015 (regions of Ukraine).

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, NGO Pivden, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the NGO Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts.

Locations: Cinema House, Kinopanorama cinema, Kyiv cinema, PinchukArtCentre, Visual Culture Research Centre, Dim Mykoly Gallery.

 

Opening film of Docudays UA was The Donetsk People’s Republic, Or The Curious Tale of the Handmade Country by British director Antony Butts. Opening ceremony was hosted by Marichka Padalko, host of the 1+1 TV channel, and journalist Michael Shchur.  

  

Festival’s events were united by the theme of Propaganda because all Ukrainians have focused their attention on the war in the East. This war is called a hybrid war, since it has started long before the first shots were fired, using weapons of media and propaganda.

 

Festival traditionally consisted of competition and non-competition programs. Competition program was divided into three groups – DOCU/LIFE, DOCU/RIGHT, DOCU/SHORT. Each of them was judged by separate jury. Additionally, student jury and viewers also voted for their favourite films.

 

Non-competition program include winning films from other famous film festivals. Thematically, it was divided into 10 sections: DOCU/HITS, DOCU/UKRAINE, TEMPO IDFF PRESENTS, EX-YUGOSLAVIA: RECONCILIATION, DOCU/KIDS, DOCU/ART, DOCU/ENERGY, GEORGIA EFFECT, PROPAGANDA, ALIONA VAN DEN HORST RETROSPECTIVE and SPECIAL SCREENING from Cinema Politica.

 

DOCU/ENERGY showcased three interpretations of human and nature rights, challenges and opportunities that people have in their war with greedy energy corporations and with their own consumer habits. 

DOCU/UKRAINE consisted of the newest films from local authors. Program also included Ukrainian premiere of film-essay Vagrich and the Black Square about well-known conceptual artist Vagrich Bahchanyan made by Ukrainian-American director Andrei Zagdansky.

DOCU/HITS gathered five exceptional festival favourites.

DOCU/ART program consisted not only of films, but also of series of lectures and discussions. Additional screenings were taking place on premises of PinchukArtCentre. Here meetings with experts took place and the connection between documentary filmmaking and art was discussed.

Each year Docudays UA introduces Ukrainian viewers to other festivals from abroad. This year it was Sweden’s turn with the program TEMPO IDFF PRESENTS.

EX-YUGOSLAVIA: RECONCILIATION presented different views on difficult processes of return to peaceful life in this region.  

GEORGIA EFFECT (together with CineDOC Tbilisi) – gathered three films about Georgia that showed realities understandable and known to Ukrainians. Idols of the Soviet era rise up from the dead, while those in power and their reforms are disconnected from people’s real needs.

SPECIAL SCREENING from Cinema Politica introduced festival’s audience to organization that for the last twelve years screens independent political documentary films all over Canada.

 ALIONA VAN DEN HORST consisted of selection of films by famous Dutch director of Russian origin.

 

Festival also presented two photo exhibitions:  

Exhibition You See, My Brother? by Alexander Glyadelov. This exhibition consisted of approximately 60 photos, telling the story of revolution and war in Ukraine.

Exhibition Grozny. 9 cities is a common project of Olga Kravets, Maria Morina and Oksana Yushko, exploring some aspects of the war in Grozny.

 

Third year in a row, the workshop of the documentary film DOCU/CLASS functioned during the festival. Master classes were held by Aliona van der Horst; famous director of photography Lars Skree; Stephane Hueber-Blies and Michelle Mitchell with Transmedia storytelling for activist and human rights content; Anna Shpakova, Maria Morina and Oksana Yushko with Group projectGrozny. 9 cities”  – how to create and show a project that critically evaluates events in your own country; Artchil Khetagouri and Ileana Stanculescu Storytelling and Protagonists in Documentary Film; Ezra Winton and Svetla Turnin Documentary Activism: The Politics of Programming, Grassroots Screening Organization and Social Movements; Andrei Rus Film Diary and its Heritage; Martichka Bozhilova Bringing Our Localness to a Global Treatment in Documentary Film; Alexander Glyadyelov Conditions of Time; Askold Kurov (Non)political cinema; Ella Shtyka, Dmytro Tyazhlov LabDOCUTOLOKA. Training Pitching Session.

 

For the first time in its history Docudays UA extended the age framework for its guests and started the program of children’s events DOC/SADOC for children between 3 and 14 years old. For the youngest visitors festival team has prepared exciting developing lessons, interesting conversations and English language classes. For children between 8 and 14 years old a documentary filmmaking course was organized.

 

“Living library” traditionally functioned at the festival.  

 

Simultaneously with the film screenings, festival offered a program of human rights events. Festival is an influential human rights forum in Ukraine. This year it has attracted activists, film directors, civil society activists, journalists and everyone willing to attend discussions, roundtables, presentations, trainings and film screenings. The program of events included discussions about propaganda in times of war and human rights journalism, launch of anti-discrimination campaign, screening of the feature-length documentary Holodomor. The Forgotten Genocide (2013) by French director Bénédicte Banet, trainings about how to organize public actions and energy efficiency, Belarus Freedom Day, Crimean day.

 

Additionally, network of human rights media education film clubs DOCU/CLUB and online cinema DOCU/SPACE were launched during the festival Docudays UA.  

 

Winners

 

DOCU/LIFE

Main Prize: Together (dir. Denis Shabaev) 

For innovation, ability to inspire, and deep work with heroes. Film is made in discreet but distinct manner, with effective use of the method of storytelling from the child’s point of view. Heroes are presented here in dynamic manner – they are developing both as personalities and in their relations to other members of the group, while their own relations are filled with warmth and humor. The winning film can inspire all future filmmakers. It is a sign of real skill and talent to capture such a difficult topic with such an ease.   

Honourable mention: Deep Love (dir. Jan P. Matuszynski)   

For impressive on-screen portrayal of the internal struggle and conflict between the call of passion and need to take care of the others. In this film director managed to capture the difficult relationships between two people in love and to depict in detail the process of rehabilitation.

 

DOCU/RIGHT

Main prize: God’s Will (dir. Beata Bubenec)  

Honourable mention: Miners Shot Down (dir. Rehad Desai) 

Honourable prize for the hero of the documentary film: Goat for a Vote (dir. Jeroen van Velzen)  

To Mariane

 

DOCU/SHORT

Main prize: Starting point (dir. Michał Szcześniak)

For a film that by cinematic means captures uncertainty of heroine and her peculiar relations with the significant other, which inspires her to find a new meaning of life for herself.  

Honourable mention: The PT teacher, Gold and the River (dir. Amanbek Azhymat)   

For wonderfully shot movie, telling a story of an unknown place, where heroes fight for survival in harsh circumstances with incredible lightness and humour. 

Honourable prize for the hero of the documentary film: The Doctor Leaves Last (dir. Svitlana Shymko)  

To charismatic and fearless heroine of the film, who is ready to serve to the end to the cause she believes wholeheartedly. 

 

STUDENT JURY’S PRIZE

Main prize: Goat for a Vote (dir. Jeroen van Velzen)

For multifacetedness, relevance and gender sensitivity.  

Honourable mention: Happily Ever After (dir. Tatjana Božić)

For openness before the viewer and sincerity with herself.

 

ANDREY MATROSOV PRIZE FROM DOCUDAYS UA ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Maidan Everywhere (dir. Kateryna Gornostay)

For the winning spirit of freedom.

 

AUDIENCE AWARD

My Home (dir. Jiří Stejskal).

 

The 11th International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA

Dates: March 21 – March 28, 2014 (Kyiv), October – December 2014 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Kherson City Journalists Association Pivden, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the NGO Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts.

Festival locations: Cinema House, Kinopanorama Cinema, and Kyiv Cinema.

 

Docudays UA decided to go without any Opening film, because our attention is entirely consumed by ongoing changes in this country. We called upon directors who filmed Ukrainian protests and asked them to contribute their best footages. Those episodes of future films about Euromaidan made up the revolutionary kaleidoscope requiring no comments. Opening film was the chronicle of Ukrainian protest: Euromaidan. Rough Cut.

Hosts of the opening ceremony: known Ukrainian journalists, Natalya Gumenyuk and Andriy Saychuk.

Opening ceremony’s special guest: Mariana Sadovska, an actress and singer.

 

The topic of the 11th Docudays UA was Ideoruption. This meant corruption that long time ago had become ideology and with time being had become part of Ukrainian mentality. The topic was an attempt to grasp the scale of corruption in Ukraine and abroad, and showed how solidarity amongst ordinary people could oppose ideoruption.


Traditionally, the festival presented competition and non-competition programs. Competition comprised three lines: DOCU/LIFE, DOCU/RIGHT and DOCU/SHORT, each of which was assessed by its own jury. Students jury and the audience also chose their favorites.

 

Non-competition program amalgamates prize winning films from world festivals, films on peaceful protests, best film selections and much more. The 2014 special programs were DOCU/BEST, DOCU/UKRAINE, HOT DOCS presents, DOCU/RIOT, DOCU/ART, ARTDOCFEST presents, and Andriy Zagdanskiy’s Retrospective. 

 

DOCU/UKRAINE program was an opportunity to get acquainted with artists of various generations, styles, genres, and tastes. From debutants with still imperfect skills yet already with their own artistic vision ―to favorites of numerous festivals ―to almost classics of domestic documentary filmmaking.

DOCU/RIOT selection was for searching for new recipes or simple answers to complex questions. Not for learning from mistakes made by others. The only thing we could learn for sure was that we were not alone. Looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, we’ve got a chance to see it if people looking for it, too, turn on their flashlights there.

DOCU/ART selection presented vibrant uncompromising movies where a human produces acts of will instead of likes. 

The special program DOCU/BEST offered a selection of award-winning movies from various international festivals. 

Three films from Canadian international documentary film festival HOT DOCS did not pretend to be a revolution in life or cinematography. Nevertheless, they added new options to our mind compass. Films of this selection told us that things that we deemed complicated or intolerable in our lives were a routine for others.

ARTDOCFEST program presented three films. In the Danish Ballroom Dancer, a spectacular film made for theaters and built under the laws of grand cinematography, a viewer could see a person in critical period of his life. Lithuanian Igrushki in a strictly artistic manner demonstrated the mutations possible with human beings under conditions of police state. The Czech-Russian Theory of Aeducation and Uliyana focused on how totalitarian reality of a Christian orphanage tried to but still is unable to break a little yet proud and freedom-loving creature.

 

The festival presented two photo projects:

- photo exhibition “Faces of Maidan” by Igor Gaidai at Camera Gallery (March 22-28);

- photo exhibition “Photo 51: Is corruption encrypted in the DNA of Russia?” by Mikhail Fridman at Kyiv Cinema House (March 22-28).

 

DOCU/CLASS documentary workshop presented such lecturers and topics: Ilona Bicevska “From local idea to international screen: Independent co-production in post-Soviet space?”; Misha Friedman: Analytical photojournalism; Andrei Zagdansky: A director’s inner film; Dmytro Tyazhlov: IndieLab 2013: Practical master class in documentary film’; Igor Gaidai: Personal projects in photography ; Simone Baumann: Producing political films: Motivations and risks, and the specifics of working in Eastern Europe; Oleksandr Techynskyi, Oleksiy Solodunov, and Dmytro Stoykov: Close Combat Documentary ; Chris McDonald: How to devise a successful strategy to promote a film at festivals?; Max Afanasyev, Oleksandr Yudin: Liquid Television; Boris Mitić:The Entire Doc Film Industry Explained in 5 Drawings; Uldis Sekulis: Creative documentary in made-for-TV format; Maczei Kuziemski: Role of traveling in documentary filmmaking; Nadia Parfan and Illya Gladshtein: Chornobyl and cinematography: from disaster chronicle to mutant kids.   

 

For the third time the festival presented Living Library – our traditional format of communication between viewers and guests and our living books – people experiencing biased treatment in our society: a policeman, a refugee, a Muslim, a gay, and a feminist.

 

Winners


DOCU/LIFE 

Main prize: The Last Limousine (director Daria Khlestkina, Russia, 2014)

For a dignified, compassionate portrayal of state-factory workers lost in transition, but not in humanity. Perfectly casted, well crafted, and touching in its social, economic, and political absurdity.

Special mention: Crepuscule (director Valentyn Vasyanovych, Ukraine, 2014)

For a visually and emotionally superior depiction of human resilience, sensibility, and interdependence.

Special mention: Night Labor (directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, USA, Canada, 2013) 

For a provocative, atypical, allegorical description of industrial work and personal freedom.

Jury members: Boris Mitić, a Serbian documentary filmmaker, journalist; Chris McDonald, president of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Simone Baumann, a German producer, head of the documentary department of Saxonia Entertainment GmbH


DOCU/RIGHT 

Main prize: Mother’s Dream (director Valerie Gudenus, Switzerland, 2013)

For a highly sensitive, empathic, and artistic presentation of a controversial and socially resonant human rights problem, affecting the fates of women and children globally.

Special mention: No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka (director Callum Macrae, UK, 2013)

For the powerful use of video advocacy in global awareness-raising and opinion-shaping regarding the mass murders of civilians belonging to a Tamil minority in Sri Lanka.

Special mention: Captain and His Pirate (director Andy Wolff, Belgium, Germany, 2012)

For exceptional courage of the film crew and an outstanding presentation of international piracy phenomenon as presented by a victim and his prison guard.

Jury members: Andrzej Poczobut, a Belarussian journalist; Natalka Zubar, a Ukrainian human rights activist, journalist, screenwriter, director; Oksana Sarkisova, a Program Director at the Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Hungary).


DOCU/SHORT 

Main prize: Liza, Go Home! (director Oksana Buraja, Lithuania, Estonia, 2012)

For filmmaker's poetic sensibility and respect for other humans’ secrets.

Special mention: Joanna (director Aneta Kopacz, Poland, 2013)

For filmmaker's ability to be both intimate and discreet.

Special mention: Mom (director Lidia Sheinina, Russia, 2013)

For ability of the filmmaker to find in the closed world of one apartment "things that quicken the heart".

Jury members: Andrei Zagdansky, a Ukrainian-American director and producer; Victoria Belopolskaya, film critic, а programming director of ArtDocFest, the most influential Russian festival for creative documentaries; Stéphanie Lamorré, a French documentary filmmaker, international independent writer, producer and director


STUDENTS’ JURY AWARD 

Tucker and the Fox (director Arash Lahooti, Iran, 2013)

For an optimistic story about a life-long passion

Jury Membes: Viktor Kylymar, Oleksandr Shkrabak, Halia Vasylenko, Petro Vyalkov, Tetyana Chesalova.


AUDIENCE AWARD

Joanna (director Aneta Kopacz, Poland, 2013)

 

ANDRIY MATROSOV AWARD FROM THE DOCUDAYS UA ORGANIZING COMMITTEE  

A Diary of a Journey (director Piotr Stasik, Poland, 2013)

 

The 10th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival


Dates: March 22 – March 28, 2013 (Kyiv), October – December 2013 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Kherson City Journalists Association Pivden, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the NGO Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

Festival locations: The Cinema House and "Kinopanorama"

 

WINNERS


DOCU/LIFE

Award-winning movie is Conversations on Serious Topics (Dir. Giedrė Beinoriūtė, Lithuania 

Films Noosfera (Dir. Artchil Khetagouri)  and Documentarian (Dir. Ivars Zviedris, Inese Kļava, Latvia) got special awards. Noosfera – is heartwarming and very private of Niko the eccentric, who brings his opinion on future of world and love as scientist and pedagogue, trying to apply his theory in his own life.Documentarian is a cheerful and smart movie about cinema which touches on the question of mutual connection of  filmmaker and a hero.

Jury: film director and producer, member of the European Documentary Network and the European film Academy Audrius Stonys, Lithuaniafounder director and chief editor of the Séance publishing house Lyubov Arkus, Russia, co-founder of the several  Film- and TV-Festival, tutor on training programs Tue Steen Müller, Denmark.

 

DOCU/SHORT

The winner is Pouters from Paul Fegan, Scotland.

ABC (Madli Lääne, Germany)’ for the film’s exceptionally accomplished storytelling  and Blossom with Tears (Huaqing Jin, China)  for an honest, uncompromising portrait of lost childhood  have received special awards.

Jury: director Oleksandr Balahura, Ukraine-Italyproducer and director Marianna Kaat, Estoniaproducer, screenwriter and teacher Krzysztof Kopczyński, Poland


DOCU/RIGHT

The Girl from the South (Dir. José Luis García, Argentina) won competition. 

Special award for passionate optimism and upholding the ideals of humanism in life received film The Punk Syndrome.

Jury: human rights activist, expert in international relations and history, poet, translator and journalist Mridula Ghosh, India, human rights activist, representative of the National Human Rights Public Association Belarusian Helsinki Committee Pavel Levinau, Belarus.


Main prize from Students’ Jury received Documentarian movie For the love of its subject, the documentarian’s self-mastery and boldness in filmmaking in unexpected circumstances.

 

Docudays UA team honored with a special prize named after Andrii Matrosov Ukrainian debut Sirs and Misters from Olexander Techynsky who discovered in his work an unusual Ukraine.


Audience award determined with Facebook voting, received Beyond Wriezen from Daniel Abma.

 

For the second time Docudays UA held the Animation contest. Audience award received movie from Valerii Dets and Irina Stelmakh (https://vimeo.com/62509794). The organizers of festival honored animation from Kateryna Voznytsa and Anton Prykhodko (https://vimeo.com/62694592).

 

 

 

The 9th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival


Dates: March 23 – March 29, 2012 (Kyiv), October – December 2012 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Kherson City Journalists Association Pivden, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the NGO Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

The Tragicomedy Diplomat about quaint world of African relations, directed by Mads Bryuhher from Denmark, opened Docudays UA.

'Dictatorship and authoritarianism' has become a dominant program among the special ones, which brought together three themed films Ukraine. Starting Pointby Sergey Bukovsky, Diary, Letters,Revolutions by Flavia Castro and Khodorkovsky by Cyril Tuschi.

On March 24 there was a presentation and opening of the 'Living Library' where everyone could communicate with 'living books' - people who are facing certain prejudice in society. Among them there were refugee, feminist, Muslim, lesbian, gay, Roma, Buddhist, foreign student, former prisoner, human rights activist and others.

Within the framework of Docudays UA in 'Kinopanorama' an educational program DOCU/CLASS was held at the first time - workshops of  famous documentary filmmakers: Marina Razbezhkina (Russia), Marshall Curry (USA), Givi Odishary (Georgia) and Emily James (UK).

This year's festival has also introduced innovations concerning Contest program. There are three contests: DOCU/LIFE, DOCU/RIGHT and first appeared Short Film Competition DOCU/SHORT, in which documentaries of no more than 45 minutes of running time.

WINNERS


DOCU/LIFE
Film Argentinean Lesson by Wojciech Staro (Poland) got the main prize.  
Special Mention 'For optimism' - Autumn Gold  by Jan Tenhaven (Germany).
Special Mention 'For incredible characters' - Gangster Project by Teboho Edkins (Germany).
This year jury included a certified specialist in aesthetics Nicolas Feodoroff, Russian film director, screenwriter and producer Marina Razbezhkina, publisherIvan Malkovich.

DOCU/RIGHT
Film Body and Soul by Matthieu Bron has won in the competition  
Special Mention 'For very artistic, humorous and moving story of relationship between characters that belong to different generations' - Life in  Stills by Tamar Tal (Israel).
Special Mention 'For artistic power and civil courage in the study of the protest movement in modern Russia' - Tomorrow by Andrei Gryazev (Russia).
Jury: head of the NGO 'The Center for Legal and Political Studies' SIM '(Lviv) Lydia Topolevska, chief editor of the portal 'Telekritika' and the head of the NGO 'Telekritika' Natalia Ligacheva and Czech photographer Bohdan Holomichek. 

DOCU/SHORT
Film We will be happy one day by Pavel Wysoczanski got the main prize.
Special Mention 'For brave and unexpected story about reflection of the world history in life of an ordinary person' - Chronicle of  Oldrich S. by Rudolf Smid (Czech Republic).
Special Mention   'For human and fearless to the subject of facing death' - Outro by Yulia Panasenko (Russia).
The judges were Polish kinoekspert Krzysztof  Gierat, founder and director of the youth organization 'Avantis' Ilona Bichevska (Latvia) and director, special correspondent for Radio Liberty in Crimea Valery Balayan.

Students’ Jury Award
Film Lesha by Elena Demidova got the Main Prize.
Special Mention 'For the struggle with loneliness'- Ramin by Audrius Stonуs.
Special Mention 'For the recipe for young filmmakers'- How are you doing Rudolph Ming? by Roberts Rubins (Latvia)

Special Prize from the National Union of Ukrainian Cinematographers
How are you doing Rudolph Ming? by Roberts Rubins (Latvia)  

Andriy Matrosov Award 
Outro by Yulia Panasenko (Russia)

 

 

 

The 8th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

 

Dates: March 25 – March 31, 2011 (Kyiv), October – December 2011 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Kherson City Journalists Association Pivden, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the NGO "Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

The favorite of many international festivals film The Other Chelsea – A Story from Donetsk by German director Jakob Preuss has opened the Docudays UA. March 25, Jakob Preuss invited Donetsk miners – heroes of his film.

 

This year Docudays UA joined the international campaign ‘The Empty Chair’ to support the human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.

 

Best documentaries from Ukraine and other countries in Europe and Asia on human rights within the Travelling Film Festival have been seen in 112 cities, towns and villages of 22 regions of Ukraine, including AR Crimea and Sevastopol.

 

WINNERS


Art Competition

Grand Prix

The Player by John Appel (the Netherlands, 2009)

 

Special Awards

Scena del crimine by Walter Stokman (the Netherlands, 2010)

In Case of Loss of Pressure by Sarah Moon Howe (Belgium, 2009)

 

Art Competition Jury: Manon Loizeau (France), Marcin Koszałka (Poland), Uldis Cekulis (Latvia), Miroslav Janek (Czech Republic), Alik Shpilyuk (Ukraine)

 

Human Rights Competition

Grand Prix

Justice for Sergei by Hans Hermans, Martin Maat (the Netherlands, 2010)

 

Special Awards

Pink Saris by Kim Longinotto (UK, India, 2010)

You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo by Luc Cote, Patricio Henriquez (Canada, 2010)

 

Human Rights Competition Jury: Niels Jacob Harbitz (Norway), Tatsiana Reviaka (Belarus), Nina Tagankina (Russia), Giorgi Janelidze (Georgia), Halyna Bakhmatova (Ukraine).

 

Students’ Jury Award

Pink Saris by Kim Longinotto (UK, India, 2010)

 

Special Award

The Taste of a Cinnamon Roll by Mykyta Sitdikov (Ukraine, 2010)

 

Students’ Jury: Maksym Anisimov, Alyona Pavlenko, Maria Polishchuk, Oleksandr Roshchyn, Tetyana Zheleznikova.

 

Audience Award

Shanghai Banzai by Jūratė Samulionytė (Lithuania, 2010)

 

Andriy Matrosov Award

The Olympic Man by Viesturs Kairiss (Latvia, 2009)

 

Special Prize from the National Union of Ukrainian Cinematographers

Out of Reach by Jakub Stozek (Poland, 2010)

 

Special Prize from the Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine

The Arrivals by Claudine Bories, Patrice Chagnard (France, 2009)

 

 

 

The 7th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

 

Dates: March 26 – April 2, 2010 (in Kyiv), October – December 2010 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, the Kherson City Journalists Association ‘Pivden’, the Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

The symbol of the festival was the Dixieland jazz orchestra from Kherson. A short documentary was made especially for the festival opening; it ended with a performance by children on stage. The writer Larysa Denysenko and the TV presenter Anatoly Yarema conducted the opening ceremony. The famous journalist and social activist Maksym Butkevych joined the film directors to moderate discussions after the movies were screened.

 

The Andriy Matrosov Award was established in 2010; he tragically died on 16 February that year.

Moreover, the festival presented awards from the National Union of Ukrainian Cinematographers and a prize from the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.

 

As part of the Travelling Film Festival, the best human rights documentaries from Ukraine and other countries in Europe and Asia were screened in Vinnytsia, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kyiv, Kryvy Rih, Luhansk, Lviv, Odesa, Zhytomyr, Ternopil, Zaporizhzhya, Kharkiv, Poltava, Sumy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Simferopol, Yevpatoria, Sevastopol and in 102 cities and towns around Ukraine.

 

22,300 spectators attended the festival in Kiev. 153,000 people viewed the human rights documentaries, 70% of whom were educated young people. The effect of viewing the films was amplified by meetings with famous human rights activists, cultural workers and artists, topical discussions and debates.

 

WINNERS

Art Competition

Grand Prix

Mum Died On Saturday in the Kitchen…by Maksym Vasyanovych (Ukraine, 2009)

 

Special diplomas

Long Distance Love by Magnus Gertten (Sweden, 2008)

The Living Room of the Nation by Jukka Kärkkäinen (Finland, 2009)

Cash and Marry by Atanas Georgiev (Austria, Croatia, Macedonia, US, 2008)

 

Human Rights Competition

Grand Prix

Burma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country by Anders Østergaard (Denmark, 2008)

 

Special Awards

Nine to Five by Daniel Gal (Israel, 2009) 

Sanya and Sparrow by Andrey Gryazev (Russia, 2008)

 

Students’ Jury Award For virtuosity and irony

The Worst Company in the World by Regev Contes (Israel, 2009)

 

Andriy Matrosov Award

Cash and Marry by Atanas Georgiev (Austria, Croatia, Macedonia, US, 2008)

 

Special Prize of National Union of Ukrainian Cinematographers

A Long Way Home by Aleksandr Gorelik (Russia, 2008)

 

Special Prize of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union

Another Planet by Ferenc Moldovanyi (Hungary, 2008)

 

Audience Award

Football Father by Michał Jóswiak (Poland, 2008)

 

 

 

The 6th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

 

Dates: March 27 – April 2, 2009 (in Kyiv), October – December 2009 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, the Kherson City Journalists Association ‘Pivden’, the Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

Journalist Andriy Kulykov became the anchor for the opening ceremony, where the world-famous Kyiv Modern Ballet Company performed. The festival also included photo exhibitions, exhibition of caricatures and presentations with the participation of famous Ukrainian writers, directors and public figures. The filmmakers invited participated in the ‘Document’ program on the Ukrainian 1+1 TV channel. Retrospectives of famous documentaries, master classes and an educational human rights campaign were held as part of the festival’s program. For the first time during the festival, a special program entitled ‘Documentary films against injustice’ was introduced; it included films on current human rights problems in Ukraine. Documentary films about child rights were a special focus of the festival. This initiative by the festival was held as part of the Global Film Festival on children’s rights, which was held by UNICEF to mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The traveling festival was held in 100 locations around Ukraine. The screenings were held not only in cinemas and houses of culture, but also in boarding schools, penitentiaries and police departments. Regional organizers held discussions with the participation of public figures, human rights activists, journalists and filmmakers. About 140,000 spectators saw the Travelling Film Festival program, and the festival attracted 17,800 spectators in Kyiv. A students’ jury worked there for the first time.

 

 

 

The 5th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

 

Dates: March 28 – April 4, 2008 (Kyiv), October—December 2008 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU), the Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, the Kherson City Journalists Association ‘Pivden’, and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

Films from more than fifty countries around the world were submitted to the festival, so the festival extended far beyond Ukraine. A new team, headed by the producer Andriy Matrosov, joined the festival organizers. The festival program was divided into two parts: human rights and creative contests. The jury evaluating the films’ artistic quality presided over the festival for the first time. As of this time, almost all the makers of the competing films visited Kyiv; after the screenings, they participated in discussions with the audience. A guest service was created; also, festival volunteers showed the guests the most interesting places in Kyiv. A commercial clip of the festival was shown by 5 TV Channel, who became a media sponsor of Docudays UA. The PR department started to operate: the Ukrainian mass media reported on the festival’s events, and posters appeared on the streets. Outstanding film producers, figures from the art world, and festival directors from other countries were invited to the jury. On the initiative of Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, with the support of the SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), the Swiss Embassy and the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine, the ‘Right to Know’ program was initiated, which involves using films about human rights during training for all the staff of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

 

There were also opening and closing ceremonies; the opening was accompanied by a string band, and the closing took place at the Ivan Honchar Museum, a center of Ukrainian national culture. The folk band Burdon performed after the awards ceremonies. The screenings and special festival events during the year were seen by 118,500 spectators in 60 cities around the country.

 

 

 

The 4th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

‘Ukrainian Context’

 

Dates: March 29 – April 6, 2007 (in Kyiv), October—December 2007 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UNHCR) and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

As was now the custom, the fourth festival took place in Kyiv’s Cinema House and lasted almost a week. In addition to the jury, which included human rights activists, there was a media jury. The program included more than 100 films from twenty countries. The festival also included retrospective screenings and master classes given by leading experts in documentary. In the regions of Ukraine, work started on the creation of a network of festival clubs for the Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Ten films from Ukraine were included in the East Silver Documentary Film Market (Czech Republic). 6000 spectators visited the Festival in Kyiv, and about 50,000 spectators visited the Traveling Festival in 30 Ukrainian cities.

 

 

 

The 3rd Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

‘Ukrainian Context’

 

Dates: 21—26 May 2006 (in Kyiv), September-December 2006 (regions of Ukraine)

Locations: Kyiv, Sumy, Simferopol, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Chernihiv.

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UNHCR) and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

The eleven films selected during the festival in Kiev entered the program of the ‘WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film’ International Film Festival which took place on 8—17 December, 2006 in Warsaw, Poland. ‘Ukrainian context’ actually became a platform where the best documentaries from Ukraine and other former Soviet countries were presented. The festival was accepted to the international Human Rights Film Network (HRFN). Apart from the ‘WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film’ film festival, the One World International Human Rights Film Festival in Prague also granted their recommendations to ‘Ukrainian Context’.

For the first time the festival was overseen by a jury, which included well-known human rights activists from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.

 

 

 

The 2nd Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

‘Ukrainian Context’

 

Dates: March 29 – April 4, 2005 (in Kyiv), May 2005 – February 2006 (regions of Ukraine)

Locations: Kyiv, Sumy, Lviv, Sevastopol, Odesa, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk.

Shows were held in theaters, clubs, art centers, schools, high schools and universities.

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UNHCR) and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

 

 

The Docudays on Human Rights Festival

 

Dates: November 17 – December 21, 2003

Locations: Kharkiv, Donetsk, Odesa, Lviv and Kyiv (an enhanced program, including feature films, was presented in Kyiv).

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UNHCR) and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

All the documentaries were divided into subject groups: human rights in general, the problem of refugees and migrants, the rights of women and children, liberty of conscience, and the programs ‘Un Certain Regard’ and ‘Fiction Films’. Roundtables on human rights were held as part of the festival.

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
23–30
March 2018
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