Open Air Cinema Foundation contributes to community building in Ukraine

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

Film Screening in Ukraine. Maidan Heroes Square

Open Air Cinema Home 16’ System. In the Square of Euromaidan Heroes. Graffiti by depicts an assassinated Euromaidan hero Serhiy Nihoyan (in the background).

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.

Kyiv Audience at the square

Cozy atmosphere at the outdoor screening in downtown Kyiv

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.

Screen in the woods

400 people gathered around Open Air Cinema 16’ Screen in downtown Kyiv. August 2015

Open Air Cinema Foundation was happy to take part in this event. We not only supported activities in Kyiv but also gave visibility to up-and-coming filmmakers in Ukraine.


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