Documentary in the times of the upheaval
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Is a documentary filmmaker a “professional witness” or an artist?
Where is the line between fixing reality and interpretation?
East European countries are going through a series of upheavals and trials. The old systems of relations have been destroyed, and now tens of millions of people are facing a new challenge – building a new reality.
What is the role of documentary and its authors in these processes?
We are trying to find it out together with filmmakers from Ukraine and Belarus.

Andrei Kutsila, Białoruś

Film director, born in 1983. In 2007, Kutsila earned his degree in International Journalism from the Belarusian State University, and two years later, he graduated from the Belarusian Academy of Fine Arts in Minsk. Since then, he has collaborated with various producers and TV stations as a freelance filmmaker. In 2018, he won the IDFA award in the Best Medium-Length Documentary Film category for “Summa.” Kutsila’s documentary “When Flowers are Not Silent” (Gdy kwiaty nie milczą), which focuses on the mass protests in Belarus in 2020, won the Best Documentary Feature award at the 37th Warsaw Film Festival. He is currently based in Poland, having a one-year internship at Lodz Film School.

Iryna Tsilyk, Ukraina

Filmmaker and writer. Born in 1982, Tsilyk graduated from Kyiv National University of Theater, Cinematography, and Television named by Karpenko-Karyy summa cum laude. She has directed documentaries for the film almanac “The Invisible Battalion” (2017) about the lives of Ukrainian women during war. In 2020, her film “The Earth Is Blue As an Orange,” about civilians in the war zone in Donbas, was selected by the “Sundance Film Festival” and won the “Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary.” The European premiere of the film was held at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival. Iryna’s writings were translated into English, German, French, Polish, Lithuanian, Czech, Swedish, Romanian, and Catalan languages and were presented at different international literature festivals & events.

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