In solidarity with Ukrainian filmmakers, EUNIC Chicago offer a free program of 5 contemporaries’ Ukrainian films this fall in Chicago.
EUNIC Chicago wishes to highlight contemporary Ukrainian cinema through these recent works which show the quality and diversity of this thoroughly European cinematography. The films on offer illustrate the vitality of the Ukrainian film industry for the past ten years, with an increasingly noticeable presence in foreign festivals (Cannes, Berlin, etc.). The selection voluntarily emphasizes the particularly dynamic Ukrainian documentary scene.
Directed by Irena Stetsenko
2021, Documentary, 1h25, Ukraine
Monday, November 4 at 6:00pm CT
Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
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A cinéma-vérité documentary following Dakh Daughters – an intellectual freak cabaret band, created by seven actresses under the roof of Kyiv experimental contemporary theater Dakh. The video diary spans almost five years, following Dakh Daughters since their first show, titled ‘Roses’ – after their first popular song ‘Rozy / Donbas’, written long before Donbas region became the war-torn zone of the so called ‘Russian Spring’.
In English, Russian, Ukrainian with English subtitles.
Free and open to the public (registration on eventbrite required)
Alisa Kovalenko (1987) is a Ukrainian director, born in Zaporizhia, Eastern Ukraine, living in Kyiv. She graduated the Karpenko-Kary University of Cinema of Kyiv and the Andrzej-Wajda cinema school of Warsaw. Her first feature-documentary “Alisa in Warland”premiered at IDFA Amsterdam in 2015 in the First Appearance competition. Alisa’s second documentary, “Home Games” was again an IDFA selection, selected in more than 120 festiovals and being the first Ukrainian creative film acquired by Netflix. Alisa has become a member of The European Film Academy (EFA) in 2019. She’s the programmer of the Molodist Kyiv FFdocumentary competition. In March 2022, she went to fight for her country in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.