The jury of the DOCU/WORLD international competition of feature-length and medium-length films are Elwira Niewiera, Polish-German filmmaker and writer; Eva Kriková, Executive Director of the One World Slovakia International Documentary Film Festival; and Bohdan Zhuk, programer for the Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival and co-founder and director of the SUNNY BUNNY queer film festival.
We Will Not Fade Away / Alisa Kovalenko / Ukraine, France, Poland, United States / 2023 / 100’
Alongside the organizers of this festival edition, our jury was seeking a convincing image of the future. The main award goes to the film that creates space for those who could already be considered lost cases of history and geopolitical circumstances. A film that supports the vision of the next generation and its potential and will to conquer the world through the power of creativity, curiosity, and mutual support.
We have decided to give a special mention to a film that delivers a very direct and universal message: that there is no democratic future for societies without free journalism.
The DOCU/UKRAINE National Competition: 5 films about memory, war and love.
The winners in the DOCU/UKRAINE competition will be chosen by: Marko Grba Singh, filmmaker and Art Director of the BELDOCS International Documentary Film Festival in Belgrad; Gediminas Andriukaitis, founder and director of Inconvenient Films; and Olena Honcharuk, head of the Dovzhenko Centre Film Museum and winner of the competition for the position of the CEO of Dovzhenko Centre.
Unprecedented document of the time and evidence of crime. But despite all the captured monstrosity and dehumanization the film leaves the viewer with a sense of forceful determination to keep resisting – because of the professional commitment and public service of the ordinary heroes in front and behind the camera.
Film, which gives the physical feeling of memory: how it takes shape, transforms, plays tricks, charmes, evades.
Moving back and forth between intimate memories and public practices, the author refers to the role of personality dealing with subjective and collective memory.
The winners in the DOCU/SHORT competition will be chosen by: Marko Grba Singh, filmmaker and Art Director of the BELDOCS International Documentary Film Festival in Belgrad; Gediminas Andriukaitis, founder and director of Inconvenient Films; and Olena Honcharuk, head of the Dovzhenko Centre Film Museum and winner of the competition for the position of the CEO of Dovzhenko Centre.
There is no need to know the language to understand the film. The film is a bridge between those who left, who escaped from war and those who sheltered them. Many characters are not in the frame, but their presence is very tangible. There is just a shadow of the past in the story, the past is like language — it doesn’t matter, what matters is just ‘here and now’.
This suspenseful film provides a unique take on the widely covered event which gripped the world’s attention on the first days of Russian invasion in Ukraine. Footage obtained from mobile phones, combined with interviews with witnesses, help us understand how close the world was to a nuclear catastrophe repeating itself. The short format underlines this very possibility, restrained by several resilient, devoted and good-humored people.
The winners in the RIGHTS NOW! nomination have been determined by Masi-Mustafa Nayyem, Ukrainian lawyer serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, public figure and human rights advocate; Dagmar Ostřanská, cultural manager and founder of the Sofia DocuMental International Human Rights Film Festival; and Kujtim Çashku, filmmaker, Executive Director of the International Human Rights Film Festival in Albania, and Head of the Assembly of the Albanian Helsinki Union.
Iron Butterflies shows artistic sharp approaches, with a very rich cinematic language, that invite the audience in an interactive dialogue and réflexion, into a scene of a war crime of 2014 related to the Malaysian Airlines Flight shot down by Russian forces in the east of Ukraine. Beyond that, the film analyzes the importance of the truth to our days of the Ukrainian war by underlying that every war crime wherever and whenever it happens can never be hidden in time, place or space.
Documentary The Killing of a Journalist is about the investigation of the murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kušnírová. It describes in detail the work of fellow journalists who have collected 70 terabytes of data and are dedicated to their analysis and search for the truth. We realize how fragile democracy is not only in today’s Slovakia.
- Anastasia Nibbe
- Oleksandra Kalinichenko
- Maria Chyrva
For a deep exploration of memory and the power of cinema, a reflection on the intertwining of the past and present. A poetic and personal story which, like film, is gradually developed in front of the audience.
Through the lens of the frightening daily work of the Etilaat Roz editorial office in Kabul, the audience watches the Taliban takeover of the city unfold in 2021. This brave and honest view from the inside shows a struggle for the freedom of speech while also creating a poignant portrait of journalists dedicated to their work.
The DOCU/WORLD jury also awarded the DOCUDAYS UA team with a Special Mention.
For honesty and fortitude in the face of trauma. Unprecedented story of an adult person’s attempt to process the violence they have experienced, to understand themselves and their relationship with the world. The film breaks the stigma of silence and makes it possible to heal for the sake of the future.
Every year, the festival’s team rewards one film among the competition’s participants. Andriy Matrosov Award has been founded by Docudays UA organizers in the memory of Andriy Matrosov, the Festival’s producer who died in a car accident on 16 February 2010.
A film which, in a brief and sensitive form, transforms separation and saying farewell to the past into the beginning of a new path and an open door to the future.
I Stumble Every Time I Hear From Kyiv / Daryna Mamaisur / Belgium, Ukraine, Portugal, Hungary / 2022 / 17’
For a subtle and expressive film attempt to speak about the unspeakable.
The Audience Award winner was determined based on an audience survey.
20 Days In Mariupol / Mstyslav Chernov / Ukraine / 2023 / 94’
The 20th anniversary of Docudays UA is held with support from the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine, the Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, US Embassy in Ukraine, the Embassy of Ireland in Ukraine, the Embassy of Denmark in Ukraine, the Embassy of Brazil in Ukraine, the Polish Institute in Kyiv and the Czech centre Kyiv. The opinions, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily reflect the views of the governments or organisations of these countries. Responsibility for the content of the publication lies exclusively on the authors and editors of the publication.