Open Air Cinema Foundation continues to support the most transformative community initiatives in Ukraine. One such event took place in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv in August. Up to 400 people gathered in the downtown square commemorating social activists who gave their lives during 2014 Euromaidan protests.
Contributed by Open Air Cinema’s Ukrainian correspondent, Nicholas Bazanov and Andy Kozlov
Open Air Cinema Home 16’ Outdoor Movie System was a great match with the location. Helping the screen to create the cozy atmosphere were improvised chairs made of palettes and bean bags. The audience was treated to a free glass of Ukrainian red wine and snacks.
Young Ukrainian filmmakers chipped in their short films about outstanding Kyivans with the aim of fostering in the viewer a sense of pride for their neighbors. This type of films is something that Ukraininans can’t watch on TV or online because it’s hard for indie filmmakers to make it into Ukraine’s mainstream media.
Open Air Cinema Foundation was happy to take part in this event. We not only supported community building activities in Kyiv but also gave visibility to up-and-coming filmmakers in Ukraine.