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Kiev/Moscow. Part 1 – Life after the Uprising

“Kiev/Moscow. Part 1” – Elena Khoreva

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Sometimes, when History invades everyday life one set of eyes and a camera are not enough. Lensed by over a dozen cameramen, Kiev/Moscow. Part 1 captures the unfolding of the Euromaidan, a three-month long Ukrainian revolution which the world followed online day in and day out. Some of the coverage that has eventually made it into the final cut was first streamed on the news website Meduza.io, but it’s only when knit together into a filmic whole that these isolated reportages provide a panoramic view of the momentous political event.

The film begins with the toppling of a Lenin monument, and ends on the front line of an ongoing, real war, one yet to be named and labeled provisionally, by the current Ukrainian government, a counterterrorism operation. It feels all the more important to reflect upon these processes today, more than a year after the uprising.

Elena Khoreva, put in charge of editing the footage, contributed in 2012 to another collaborative documentary, the slapstick chronicle of Russian antigovernment rallies called Winter, Go Away! (Concorso Cineasti del presente, 2012). Produced by Alexander Rastorguev and Pavel Kostomaro, her new film offers a kind of continuation to the acclaimed documentarians’ previous projects – the equally ambitious Srok (The Term) and Realnost.Doc (Reality.Doc).

In Kiev/Moscow. Part 1, professional reels are interspersed with amateur videos to form a kaleidoscopic vision of the upheaval encompassing Kiev and Odessa, Moscow and Crimea as the latter was being annexed. Moments of solidarity, euphoria, beauty, and communal self-organization alternate with sudden bursts of violence and suffering, as though opening a time warp into an archaic time, while History strides onward leaving no human life unaltered.

Boris Nelepo
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