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Ukrainian Short Film Competition 2021


Director: Les Kasyanov, Yurii Kaparulin
Country: Ukraine 

The film tells the story of the Jewish resettlement movement to the steppes of Southern Ukraine. The focus is on Kalynivske village, which is situated today in Kherson region. During 1927–1944 it was the center of the first Jewish national district and was called Kalinindorf. In the time of their expedition, the film directors met with the inhabitants of former Jewish settlements to find out how the history of these lands is being kept to these days.

Breaking Culture

Director: Yegor Kadomtsev
Country: Ukraine

How has the breakdance culture developed in Ukraine, and what are the current lives of its former stars?

Discover the New Sea

Directors: Olesya Novosad
Country: Ukraine

Discover a new sea on a self-built Cossack chaika for yourself, and then share it with the world. A film story about a journey on chaika across the Black Sea to the Danube.

Territory of Empty Windows

Director: Zoya Laktionova
Country: Ukraine

World War II and work at the plant forced my mother's family to move to Mariupol. The war with Russia and the environmental consequences of the plant activity play a decisive role in its future life.

Dirty waters of the Danube

Director: Vsevolod Ananiev
Country: Ukraine

In the village, called Vilkovo, or, in the people “Ukrainian Venice”, correspondents arrive to see the work of vacuum sewers. Three years ago, this 4.5 million euro project was implemented by the European Union. What do the officials hide from them, and why was the project unsuccessful?

Stone graves

Director: Victoria Popova
Country: Ukraine

A film about the creation and the current state of the National Nature Reserve “Stone Graves” and people who are trying to create a future for these objects on their personal level.

Thus they will sing

Director: Diana Horban, Anna Yutchenko
Country: Ukraine

“Thus they will sing” is a movie-collage that interweaves human experiences, soromitski (shaming) songs and the flow of modern life.
Soromitski (shaming) songs are traditional songs (spivankas) with erotic motifs, sung at weddings, vechornytsi (evening parties), and feasts. Although they were quite shameful to sing in everyday life, the songs were transmitting the man and woman behavior patterns. The tradition of creating the spivankas (these songs) still exists. Ostap Bohoslavets from Nadvirna town reinterprets the modern world of youth in his own spivankas.

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