Traveling Docudays UA goes on a journey across Kharkiv region
With support from The Charitable Foundation of Social Development of Kharkiv Region, the 14th Traveling International Festival Docudays UA will be held in the region, where local rural residents will have an opportunity to see the best documentaries on human rights.
This year program consists of almost thirty films and short films from directors from Ukraine, Japan, the Netherlands, Turkey, the USA and other countries. The main theme of the fourteenth Docudays UA was formulated by the organizers as "Four Degrees" hinting at the global climate change issue. According to ecologists' forecasts, if the average temperature on Earth rises by 4 degrees, humanity will be facing a catastrophe. However, not all of the festival films are about environment: the program also includes films on immigration, decision making, war in Donbass, and touching stories of coming of age and struggle for one’s dreams.
The people of Kharkiv region will have an opportunity to see the best modern documentaries this very month - cinema screenings are organized jointly with The Foundation and will start on November 22. Films will be shown in movie theatres, houses of culture, rural schools and libraries. After each screening, viewers will be able to discuss and analyze what they have just seen with a well-known human rights defender, Yuri Chumak, who is also a regional coordinator for the Traveling Festival Docudays UA.
"Cooperation with The Charitable Foundation of Social Development of Kharkiv Region has become traditional for us. Our friendship, which started last year, has strengthened since then. This year I expect us to visit places we have not been to yet and where people have not seen a movie on a big screen for a long time. Because while the city of Kharkiv has, to a certain extent, got used to big cinema, the rural audience, on the contrary, is deprived of attention in this regard, - says Yuri Chumak. - I really appreciate the audiences in districts and I must point out that in villages the discussions of films are as vibrant and lively as in big cities. Documentaries make people think, reach their heart and soul - which the most important."
The Traveling Festival of documentaries Docudays UA has visited remote villages and towns of Kharkiv region last year for the first time. Then, with the support from The Charitable Foundation of Social Development of Kharkiv Region, screenings were organized in Velykoburlutskyi, Balakliiskyi, Shevchenkivskyi, Pervomaiskyi, Blyzniukivskyi and Valkyvskyi districts.
"In many villages and towns of Kharkiv region cinema screenings were last seen two or three decades ago. Some people living in remote areas have never even been to cinema and have never seen a documentary, - says Yevhen Shapoval, Chairman of The Foundation's Management Board. - This international traveling festival shows rural residents the world of modern cinematography, enabling them to expand their horizons and learn something new. So, we invite the people of Kharkiv region to the screenings!"