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Film &Video



HD video, 22 min.

Film written, directed, edited and produced by Mykola Ridnyi

Cameramen: Mykola Ridnyi, Dmytro Pashko, Vadym Smarchenko


The main heroes of the film are the young people from Kharkiv, a city located in the Eastern part of Ukraine. Reaching their early twenties coincided with the breakout of the war in the neighboring region of Donbass. An LGBT activist and poet, a fashion model, a group of street artists, a creator of a computer game – all of them are artists or working in the creative industries, typical for a peaceful life of a big city. However, the proximity to the war affects each of the characters and their activities. Heroes react and reflect political events through their specific relationships with the urban space and the reality of the social media.

Mykola Ridnyi


The film was screened and exhibited at 8th Odessa International Film Festival (2017); National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv (2017), IASPIS, Stockholm (2017), 35th Kasseler Documentary Film Festival (2018), 13th Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Sarjaevo (2018), Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2019), Nida Art Colony, Nida (2019), e-flux screening room, New York (2022), Survival Kit 13, Latvian Center for contemporary art, Riga (2022), A Letter from the Front program in Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Haus der Künste, Munich (2022), Museum of contemporary art Arlington, VA (2023) and other venues.

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