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Ukraine FilmFest brings charity initiative to Kyiv and London cinemas

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A Ukrainian movie pageant in California will come to the UK and Ukraine this weekend.

The movie pageant hosted its first occasion in California on November 20, boasting a spread of Ukrainian-made brief movies, an NFT exhibition and a fundraiser for medical help within the war-torn nation.

Now, the Ukraine FilmFest will likely be rolled out in Europe, on 26 November. First, an occasion in Kyiv at Unit.Metropolis, after which screenings and a charity occasion at Picturehouse Central in London.

“I’m Ukrainian and I like movies. That is why for the occasion it was vital to gather completely different matters and messages from Ukrainian filmmakers to point out our inventive trade from completely different angles to the Hollywood viewers,” says EnoughTea Basis director, Anzhelika Hrokholska.

The fundraising effort behind the pageant

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The EnoughTea Basis is a Ukrainian based charity that has been arrange to make sure charity fundraising cash is directed to the Ukrainian authorities. It believes the federal government itself is the very best supply to know the place cash is most successfully spent in combating the conflict towards Russia.

For the pageant, EnoughTea Basis has teamed up with UNITED24, the fundraising platform launched by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the first channel for amassing donations to the conflict effort.

“This occasion has one supposed function, and that function is to boost consciousness for UNITED24, the official charity of the Workplace of the President of Ukraine. Solely UNITED24 has the potential and attain to offer assist and help to the wounded and hungry in essentially the most harmful elements of the nation,” explains Max Lurya, founding father of EnoughTea Basis.

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Regardless of the pageant’s motivation being tied so carefully to the continuing invasion by Russian forces, Hrokholska notes how the movies present an inventive aspect to the nation past only a narrative of violence.

“Within the programme we have now not simply films about Ukraine and the conflict began by Russia. There are shorts about all of the issues which might be important to each human being: love, help, religion, household, motherland, friendship, tradition, language and a lot extra,” she explains.

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“The movies include a whole lot of Ukrainian context, in fact. However there are values and views that do not want translation or clarification – each trendy educated individual will perceive these messages and really feel compassion for the principle characters,” Hrokholska provides.

Giving some steering by the number of movies, Hrokholska notes that “each brief movie is on the listing for a cause”, and that these are all movies with themes that deserved to be seen by Hollywood audiences.

“However, I’d say ‘MOM!’ by Bogdan Zhelezniak is the closest one to the present Ukrainian context and what each Ukrainian household goes by. The movie was made this summer season and exhibits an unbridgeable gulf that exists between these two nations,” she notes.

Considered one of MOM!’s themes that strikes to the core of Putin’s unjustified aggression is that of Ukraine’s distinctive and separate nationwide id from its invader’s.

“Russians and Ukrainians are usually not the identical individuals, and positively not ‘one nation’ as Kremlin propaganda claims. The distinction of two characters is constructed on actual telephone conversations of Russian occupiers in Ukraine. This movie won’t depart anybody detached,” Hrokholska says.

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On the London occasion, movie trade representatives will see this yr’s prime upcoming expertise from Ukraine. The occasion may even be broadcast reside to Kyiv, in addition to sending over some visitor video messages from Hollywood in help of Ukraine.

The movies proven on the pageant will likely be as follows:

  • ‘On one’s personal territory’ by Oleksandr Kiriyenko
  • ‘Anna’ by Olesya Sanin, ‘Doorways’ by Natalia Davydenko
  • ‘The scent of the sector’ by Andriana Yarmonova
  • ‘Cello’ by Olesya Morhunets
  • ‘Keep in mind me’ by Serhiy Zeynalov
  • ‘MOM!’ by Bohdan Zheleznyak
  • ‘Dad’s Sneakers’ by Olha Zhurba
  • ‘The Phantasm of Management’ by Vladek Zankovsky
  • ‘Winner’ by Mykhailo Illienko
  • ‘Adamivna’ by Oleksandr Bykov
  • ‘INO’ by Kadym Tarasov
  • ‘Deep Love’ by Nikita Lyskov
  • ‘I, Robotic’ by Roman Bordun

Ukraine FilmFest takes place in Kyiv on 26/11/2022 from 6pm-9pm and in London on 26/11/2022 from 4pm-9pm.

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