DOCU/HIT is a new project of International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA that later plans to become festival rentals of documentaries in Ukraine.
During the summer Docudays UA will show hits of this year's festival in Ukrainian cinemas. Their heroes are ordinary people who are craving for changes. These stories are an illustration of what their "internal engine" can do and one more proof of the fact that our world rests on caring people. Four films will tell about the pastor from Mariupol, the founders of Greenpeace, sheriffs from the Ukrainian village of Stara Zbur'ivka and the ghostly North Korea.
“All time of the existence of Docudays UA the audience asked where and when it is possible to watch films from the program again. What to do if you want to share them with friends, to go to the movies with the family. This year we have met our audience: we launch festival rentals DOCU/HIT and from now on will show documentaries in cinemas across the country. All of these stories were the darlings of festivals, recognized by professionals and spectators”, – said Director of Docudays UA Daria Averchenko.
In seven cities there will be shown four films that became sold-out on the current Docudays UA. It's "In the sun" by Vitaly Mansky, "Ukrainian sheriffs" by Roman Bondarchuk, "Almost a Saint" by Steve Hoover and "How to change the world” by Jerry Rothwell.
The opening film of the festival "In the Sun" by Vitaly Mansky gathered long queues. In order to work in one of the most secretive countries (North Korea), the director agreed to make a film by a pre-written script about the life of an eight-year-old schoolgirl in Pyongyang. However, local party workers could not even imagine what "favor" they did for the director.
"Ukrainian Sheriffs" by Roman Bondarchuk is a prize winner at the largest documentary film festival IDFA in Europe. This is a story about self-organization in a difficult time for the country. Two of the sheriffs of the Stara Zbur'ivka without waiting for the arrival of the police or other rescue services help the villagers solve any problems.
The fascinating and frank "How to change the world" talks about the initiative born by several enthusiasts. In 1971 a group of friends swam to the area of nuclear tests: their protest rocked the world, starting Greenpeace and defining the modern green movement.
The Almost Holy is a real thriller about a Ukrainian Mariupol, produced by the most mysterious Hollywood Director Terrence Malick. The main character is a priest and the local authority Gennadiy Mokhnenko made a name for himself taking homeless children, drug addicts from the streets of the city. And over time the home for the homeless transformed into the Pilgrim Republic that lives by its own laws.
From 2 to16 June DOCU/HIT with directors and movie characters will visit Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Mariupol. From 22 to 29 August the screenings will be held in Odessa, from 25 to 28 August - in Kherson.
For detailed schedule of screenings see docuhit.org
DOCU/HIT trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l96GZHcMUjY
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