Docudays UA eleventh edition opens

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Kyiv Docudays 2014.
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The Eleventh International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival opened Friday in the Red Hall of the Kyiv Cinema House, in Kyiv, Ukraine. The festival spans eight days, ending on March 28.

Competition programs are divided into DOCU/Right, DOCU/Life, and DOCU/Short. Each program has its own jury that consists of famous human rights activists, film producers, directors, critics, writers etc. Among them are Andrzej Poczobut (Belorus), Natalka Zubar (Ukraine), Oksana Sarkisova (Hungary), Boris Mitić (Serbia), Chris McDonald (Canada), Simone Baumann (Germany), Andrei Zagdansky (Ukraine), Victoria Belopolskaya (Russia), and Stephanie Lamorre (France). Students' Jury and Audience Awards are also to be given. The Organizing Committee is to award an Andriy Matrosov Award.

Non-competition programs are divided into areas titles Ideorruption, DOCU/Ukraine, DOCU/Riot, DOCU/Art, DOCU/Best, HOT DOCS presents, Artdocfest presents, and Andrei Zagdansky Retrospective.

The best films are also to be shown during Docudays UA Travelling Festival.

The opening film was called Euromaidan: Rough Cut. It was a combination of shots of different film directors that have been filming the protests in Ukraine during these past four months. Organizers and creators explained, "This is what it is. It is actually a 'rough cut'. It is a collection of different episodes".

Kyiv Docudays 2014 51.JPG The Red Hall of the Kyiv Cinema House. It's waiting time still.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 27.JPG A special guest is an actress and singer Mariana Sadovska.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 55.JPG Andrii Saichuk and Nataliia Humeniuk.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 I 09.JPG Andrii Saichuk.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 57.JPG Ambassador of Sweden to Ukraine Andreas von Beckerath.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 61.JPG Docudays UA PR-director Dariia Averchenko.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 65.JPG The creators of the opening film 'Euromaidan, Rough Cut'.
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Kyiv Docudays 2014 I 19.JPG The people are singing the Anthem of Ukraine.
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The festival was first held in 2003, called at that time Docudays on Human Rights. In 2006 the festival was accepted as part of the international Human Rights Film Network at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. It is usually held during the last week of March.

In 2013, the festival opened with a performance, showing Berkut — Ukrainian special police — oppressing the journalists:

KyivDocudays2013 IMGP9639-1.jpg A bailiff is reading out the court desicion.
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KyivDocudays2013 IMGP9640-1.jpg The surname of the judge is Pomidorov (Tomato's - Wikinews).
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KyivDocudays2013 IMGP9641-1.jpg «The festival and meeting are prohibited...».
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KyivDocudays2013 IMGP9642-1.jpg «...as there are too many people gathered here and it is not safe for the population».
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KyivDocudays2013 IMGP9643-1.jpg The announcers ask lawyers to help them.
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KyivDocudays2013 IMGP9644-1.jpg The bailiff has lost this case.
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