This program is a selection of short experimental films produced between the years 2017-2020 by the members of NGO Freefilmers and is designed as a walk through different Ukrainian land- time- and mindscapes. The journey starts in 2068 in Mariupol, Eastern Ukraine, then continues on to 2018 Carpathian Mountains in the West, Zaporizhzhia in the East, Kyiv in the center, and comes to the end in Mariupol as it was just before the Russian military aggression and war in Ukraine started. This reverse experimental timeline is an action of remembrance and witness of the places of living, loving, and belonging. Some of these places no longer exist.
Freefilmers is a collective of filmmakers and artists, originally from Mariupol, Ukraine. For the past 5 years, they have been working with topics of urban transformations in East Ukraine, researching the working-class creativity and the industrial past and present of post-socialist cities. Their current projects are focusing on memories and archives beyond official historical narratives and gender violence in the patriarchal capitalist society.
In conjunction with the video program, the New Media Caucus and Freefilmers co-hosted a panel discussion via zoom on Wednesday, May 25th at 1 pm EST. The panel was moderated by Eden Ünlüata-Foley in discussion with Ukrainian artists Kateryna Lisovenko, Kateryna Alieynik, Nastia Teor, Marina Gaba, and Oksana Kazmina.