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.
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.
PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION
Friday 11 November 3.30 - 6.00 PM
In Russian with English subtitles