I went to the screening you mentioned, but there was no translation into Ukrainian, which I didn't know about, there were only English subtitles, and Katya tried to translate a little in my ear, but it was difficult – fast speech, often changing plans and text. and I didn't leave because we agreed that I would watch everything there and maybe I would find a film that would fit into our epilogue, but honestly, I hardly understood anything and was annoyed. and then when we were leaving and Ira was coming with us, I asked her if she could tell me more about the film I found the most interesting. it’s about indigenous Australians. she clarified some scenes – the ones in the forest, and "historical" reenactments, scenes about either tourism or emigration (the film is very curiously made! although it's not a doc, or not really a doc, it's a hybrid something and there's a great conceptual work with music), and she also added that it's a famous collective and they work only with themselves – that is, they write everything themselves, shoot it themselves, perform it themselves, and edit it themselves.
FROM: YULIA SERDYUKOVA
DATE: 26.07.2021 17:59
SUBJECT: REQUEST TO WATCH YOUR WORKS FROM UKRAINE
Dear Newsreel Front team,
I am a documentary film producer and a feminist activist from Ukraine.
I am now working on an artistic exhibition that reflects on hierarchies and violence in documentary films/film industry (like various exploitative/exotisizing/colonial gazes, economical injustice regarding labor, etc.), and looking for examples of attempts to make the filmmaking process more horizontal. This exhibition’s idea is rooted in my and my colleagues' experience in documentary filmmaking. I am co-curating this exhibition together with an artist and curator, Valentina Petrova. We are approaching this exhibition from the perspective of intersectional feminism. I would gladly tell you more about the idea, if you are interested.
I have found your website, and am fascinated by your ideas. We would love to see your works! Is that possible? Could you, please, share links to at least some of them? I guarantee confidentiality, if that is what you require.
After seeing your films/newsreels, I would probably ask you for a zoom/skype call, if you could find time, to tell you more about the exhibition, to ask you several questions, and see if we have a common ground for further cooperation.