During February 22-24, 2017 documentary film of Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa were demonstrated in the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
A special attention was attracted by the film “Maidan”, which depicted the EuroMaidan movement (The Revolution of Dignity). This film is a chronicle of the civil society’s revolution against Yanukovyts regime in Winter 2013/2014. The film focuses on the revolution movement: from the peaceful rallies to bloody clashes between police and civilians.
The film premiered on May 21, 2014 at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. It received the main Award of the 9th International Film Festival on Human Rights in Nuremberg on October 6th, 2015.
There was a discussion with famous Hollywood film critic Neil Young after the film’s demonstration, during which Sergei Loznitsa narrated more on the events in Maidan and the Russian military aggression against Ukraine. In particular, he emphasized that it had not a territorial dispute been settled between Ukraine and Russia. Instead it is a global division between civilized international community and the Russian post-imperial ambitions being defined.
Within that event Consul of the Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco Oleksandr Krotenko expressed the gratitude to Sergei Loznitsa for popularization of Ukraine’s positive image and spreading information among American audience about the Revolution of Dignity and protection of European values by the Ukrainian people.