28.03.2016 — 29.03.2016

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Cinematographic Revision of Donbas at the Docudays UA

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As part of its program at the Docudays 2016 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, published with the support of the State Foundation for Fundamental Research.


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 intention of the book is not so much to “hear” Donbas as to “see” it; to look at it through the lens of a film camera and the lens of humanitarian knowledge; to follow a certain historical dramaturgy of the construction and the following deconstruction of the heroic narrative of the Donbas.


At the Docudays UA presentation, you will have a chance to learn about:

– the leading and supporting roles of Donbas in Soviet cinema;

– key Ukrainian films about Donbas;

– the Kulturfilm project, where you can have the opportunity to watch some of these films and analyze them together with film researchers;

– new research work dedicated to the representation of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in cinema, planned for 2016;

– how to obtain your own copy of the book;

-          New opportunities for collaboration and financing of humanitarian research projects from the State Foundation for Fundamental Research.


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;

– Lucy Zoria, the coordinator of the Dovzhenko Center’s “Cinematographic Revision of Donbas” project and other projects;

– Bohdan Kiyak, assistant director of Representative of the State Foundation for Fundamental Research.


Tuesday, 29 March 2016, 18:00, Velyka Zhytomyrska str., 40, Lira Cinema – Screening of “The July Storms”




Directors Anatolii Karas, Viktor Shkurin

Cinematography Vikror Kripchenko, Serhii Tymofeev

Sound Yurii Rastorhuiev

Music Oleksandr Smetana



1989, Ukrainian SSR, Ukrainian Studio of Chronicle Documentary Films, Krynytsia Artistic Union, 82’.


1991, Ukrainian SSR, Ukrainian Studio of Chronicle Documentary Films, Krynytsia Artistic Union, 75’.


The July Storms 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. Several hundred thousand miners took part in these historical strikes. The events themselves became a significant factor in the history of the collapse of the Soviet communist system. Strikes in Donbass began in July 1989. More than one hundred mines stopped their work. One week after beginning of the strike, Mikhail Gorbachev had a special speech on TV about this problem.


The second film of The July Storms duology starts with an accident at the Pochenkov Mine in February 1990, which caused the death of 13 miners. Since the summer protests, the real situation in the mines hardly changed, this lead to the second wave of miners’ protests in 1990-91. This time, the miners’ slogans include political demands, mentioning the decommunization of power and Ukraine’s independence. The miners’ representatives met with communist officials, among which were Stanislav Hubenko, the last First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, and Nikolay Ryzhkov, the head of the Council of Ministers of the USSR. The miners met the representatives of the August coup and witnessed the final disintegration of the country of the Soviets in strike committees.


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.

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