«DOCUDAYS UA» as a guide for journalists

By now traditional International Festival of Human Rights Documentary Cinema "DOCUDAYS UA" considered to be an opening of amazing stories, drama and directing, forms and author's video voice. This year's XIV festival is not exception. The film "War of Chimeras" made by Anastasiia and Mariia Starozhytskykh strikes with realism, merciless truth about the “Ilovaiskyi kotel” and about the events in the East of our country.

Future journalists, advertisers had the opportunity to review and discuss the "War of Chimeras" first in the TV studio "11th floor", and then also in the assembly hall of the SSU, where the department of journalism and philology, together with the arranger of "DOCUDAYS UA" in Sumy, Illia Fomenko had invited everyone interested.

- As the co-authors of the tape, - say Mariia and Nastia, - we can consider our volunteers on active service, who fixed everything on the camera and then handed over their material to us.

First of all, this refers to Valerii Lavrenov and Yurii Bedenko.

Personalization of the narrative - personal history of Nastia and Lavr, who were activists of the Revolution of Dignity, and then went to the East (Lavr became an ATO volunteer), - adds emotions, deprives every possible doubts about guesses, painful reflections: what, in fact, takes place in the Donetsk region.

After viewing the film, the "meeting" with the authors via skype took place. Such a conversation was useful for future media workers, because Mariia Starozhytska is also a well-deserved journalist of Ukraine. Since, there was something to discuss.

- What kind of relationships do Nastia and Lavr have out of frame? - Ruslana Zaiets agitates.

- What obstacles did you have to overcome while filming at ATO? - asks Halyna Koriavko.

- Your film is simply amazing, words fail, especially when it comes to the farewell scene of a fighter with his beloved on Sofiivska Square in Kiev, - Oleksandra Martynenko does not restrain the admiration.

And last but not least, how were plot and dramaturgy formed up? In your opinion, what does develop a creative imagination? Whether the report from the East should contain the opposite viewpoint, the point of view of those people who are on the line of demarcation or beyond it? Sumy and Kiev exchanged views, impressions and emotions in the same breath. After all, journalists’ and documentaries’ creative approaches and criteria are common. And above all, whether the honest attitude to what you do is the only criterion of success.

Raisa Stoian, lecturer of Faculty of

Journalism and Philology