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DIY Country (France, 2016)

ARCHIVES  Danyliw Seminar 2016

Antony Butts, author-director / DP, is a Russian-speaking documentary maker and video journalist. He is passionate about films featuring characters with both good and bad qualities, who struggle in a complex world that is often politically entrenched. The results are films that are often full of absurdity and unintentional comedy, and challenge the viewer to engage with both sides of a highly contentious issue, yet avoid being divisively polemical. 

Antony worked on the Oscar long-listed Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer as a cameraman, and won an Amnesty International Award for filming in the North Caucasus. 

Film Screening

DIY Country

FRANCE 2016  90 min.

This documentary follows the chaotic birth of the “Donetsk People's Republic” in spring 2014 as it tries to forge a path to independence and closer ties to Russia. 

Over a 2-year period, “DIY Country” captures the origins and evolution of the Donetsk People’s Republic in East Ukraine from hopeful and naive beginnings, to hate, destruction and infighting. In the first part we follow the sinister and at times comical mechanics of how our heroes make a Revolution that will immediately eat them up. In the second part we will see them trying to find a role to play in the new State, as power is once again taken away from the people. 


Friday 11 November  3.30 - 6.00 PM


Antony Butts


Olivier Mille

In Russian with English subtitles

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