“Alice in Warland” Premiered in the Kharkiv Region

“Alice in Warland” Premiered in the Kharkiv Region

The Ukrainian-Polish film “Alice in Warland”, a headliner of the Docudays UA International Travelling Documentary Human Rights Festival, premiered in the Kharkiv region. The opening took place in the city of Pervomaiskyi, where the film was shown to senior students of local schools.

It’s hard to say when a big movie was shown at the Khimik Cultural Center last time. One thing is certain – documentary or festival films have not been screened in Pervomaiskyi at all. The film premiere was made possible by the Charitable Foundation for Social Development of the Kharkiv Region that arranged the on-site movie show.

“We haven’t watched movies for a very long time. I am glad that the charity givers visited us to show the film. That’s what we need so much to bring our youth up and to shape their social stand,” stated the director of the Khimik Cultural Center Iryna Petrova.

“Alice in Warland” is a film about a female film director who after the Dignity Revolution decided to take her camera and to go to Donbas in order to shoot the latest historical events in Ukraine. Alice was taken captive, travelled across all hotspots including the tragically famous airport in Donetsk, and sacrificed own happiness for the sake of her native country. In November the film was demonstrated in Kharkiv, now regional residents could enjoy it as well.

“Until now we used to show only short movies from the Docudays UA festival program in villages and district centers. We dared not to show “Alice…” because the film lasts longer than an hour and reveals a lot of pain and tears. At the same time, this is the most discussed movie in this year’s festival, so we risked in Pervomaiskyi and picked up “Alice…” for the show,” said Yevhen Shapoval, Chairman of the Management Board of the Charitable Foundation for Social Development of the Kharkiv Region.

Not all were able to comprehend the language of the documentary film – a part of the young viewers left the hall without waiting for the closing credits. Yet those who watched the movie to the end received deep impressions. The audience gave hearty ovations at the end of the film show.

“I learn about the situation in our country from news programs, but this movie made me think of events in Donbas from a completely different angle. They don’t show much in news. What this girl faced and experienced evidences her outstanding courage. It’s obvious that she loves her motherland, since she stayed to fight for it. Her example is very inspiring,” said the student of the ninth grade Diana Yefymenko.

“I was greatly impressed by this film about brave, strong, and patriotic people defending their motherland. I sympathize with it, because my elder brothers were at war and one of them is still there. Maybe I will also go to the front; I seriously consider it. I am afraid, of course, but one has to defend his native land and I am ready for it,” confessed Oleh Blokhin, a student of the tenth grade.

Adults had just as many impressions too. Documentary shots from Donbas – at times leisurely, at times too realistic – have had a moving, touching, and embarrassing effect.

“The film is very heavy, it’s the truth. I guess many young people were left with lots of questions after it, like “Why? For what reason? When? How?” The movie shows the true unembellished reality of Donbas just as it is. It makes one want to put an end to it as soon as possible,” said Oleksandr Trotsko who is in charge of the organizational and methodological unit of CC Khimik.          

This year’s last film show within the scope of the Docudays UA Travelling Festival will take place on the 21st of December in the Valky district.