12 new Ukrainian documentaries funded by ARTE for more than €1.5 million were presented in Kyiv

Generation Ukraine is a French-German media platform ARTE’s initiative in cooperation with European partners and the Ukrainian Institute to support the Ukrainian documentary filmmaking industry. The project will result in 12 documentaries made by Ukrainian filmmakers after the full-scale invasion and co-produced by ARTE. These films explore Ukrainian reality from the inside, telling about the consequences of the Russian war against Ukraine.

On 16 March, the Ukrainian Institute held a presentation of the Generation Ukraine project with a trailer screening of 12 documentaries at Zhovten Cinema. Fabrice Puchault, Head of Society and Culture at ARTE, came to Ukraine to present the project and said:

I want to thank directors and producers, they are the core of this initiative. We deeply need Ukrainian voices about life fighting the Russian invasion. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Films and cinema can make you feel under the skin what the invasion does to people, what you live, and that’s the reason for Generation Ukraine. It’s not a charity, we do not help Ukrainian cinema. We need it to be shown everywhere in Europe. Because Europe is not out there, it is here.

The event was also attended by Olivier Jacot, Director of the French Institute in Ukraine, Lisa Sirenko, Programme Officer of the Goethe-Institut in Ukraine, and films’ authors from the Generation Ukraine collection. 

Julia Sinkevych, Head of The Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian Institute, said: “The Ukrainian Institute systematically and successfully supports the film industry in terms of the promotion of films and talents. These 12 films reveal a variety of contemporary topics and resonate with the feelings of Ukrainian people. Throughout history, documentaries have played a key role, as they are a testament to the times, a document and a reflection on periods of our history. Now, more than ever, it is important to support this direction of Ukrainian cinema through institutional cooperation, when the possibilities of supporting Ukrainian film production are minimal. Therefore, we are sincerely grateful for the partnership and support of ARTE, the Institut Français and the Goethe Institute, as well as the authors of these films.

It is the first time Ukrainian documentaries have received such powerful attention, support and funding. The total budget of the project is over a million and half euros. The films will be premiered gradually over the course of 2024-2025. Later, after the festival premieres, the films from Generation Ukraine will be shown on ARTE and added to the platform’s content library. 

Nataliia Movshovych, Head of the Film Department at the Ukrainian Institute and moderator of the event, said: “We got acquainted with ARTE at the end of 2022, when we were offered to join the programme. The Ukrainian Institute puts a lot of effort into creating opportunities for Ukrainian filmmakers to collaborate with their foreign colleagues, so this initiative fits perfectly into our strategic vision of supporting the film industry during the full-scale war — we immediately accepted the offer, and in January 2023, we held a joint workshop in Strasbourg, symbolically in the Council of Europe building, where it was decided that the selection would include 12 films. We are very pleased to finally present the project in Ukraine and look forward to the international premieres of all the films.

12 new Ukrainian documentaries funded by ARTE for more than €1.5 million were presented in Kyiv
12 new Ukrainian documentaries funded by ARTE for more than €1.5 million were presented in Kyiv
12 new Ukrainian documentaries funded by ARTE for more than €1.5 million were presented in Kyiv
12 new Ukrainian documentaries funded by ARTE for more than €1.5 million were presented in Kyiv
12 new Ukrainian documentaries funded by ARTE for more than €1.5 million were presented in Kyiv
12 new Ukrainian documentaries funded by ARTE for more than €1.5 million were presented in Kyiv
12 new Ukrainian documentaries funded by ARTE for more than €1.5 million were presented in Kyiv
12 new Ukrainian documentaries funded by ARTE for more than €1.5 million were presented in Kyiv
12 new Ukrainian documentaries funded by ARTE for more than €1.5 million were presented in Kyiv

About 12 documentaries

  • ​​Displaced, director Olha Zhurba, producer Darya Bassel, Anne Köhncke, Kerstin Übelacker, ARTE France, FISK 
  • The Basement, director Roman Blazhan, producer Roman Blazhan, Christilla Huillard-Kahn, ARTE France  
  • Intercepted, director Oksana Karpovych, producer Giacomo Nudi, Rocío Barba Fuentes, Pauline Tran Van Lieu, Darya Bassel and Olha Beskhmelnytsina, ARTE France  
  • Cuba & Alaska, director Yegor Troyanovsky, producer Olha Beskhmelnytsina, Christian Popp, co-producer Hanne Phlypo, ARTE France  
  • Queens of Joy, director Olga Gibelinda, producer Ivanna Khitsinska, Louis Beaudemont, ARTE GEIE  
  • The Days I would Like to Forget, directors Alina Gorlova, Yelizaveta Smith, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Simon Mozgovyi, producer Eugene Rachkovsky, Nabil Bellahsene, Ralph Wieser, SWR / ARTE  
  • Another Man’s Diary, director Oleksandr Tkachenko, producer Dmytro Illia Gladshtein, BR / ARTE  
  • Blessed, director Andrii Lysetskyi, producer Gennady Kofman, Olha Beskhmelnytsina, Uldis Cekulis, Erik Winker, MDR / ARTE  
  • Nukemailing, director Pavlo Cherepin, screenwriter Anton Bazelinsky, producer Egor Olesov, Kateryna Mizina, RBB /ARTE/DW 
  • A Bit of a Stranger, director Svitlana Lishchynska, producer Anna Kapustina, Fredrik Lange, Kristina Börjeson, ARTE / ZDF 
  • Women Occupied, directors Tetiana Hanhza, Zoia Volk, producers Oksana Ivantsiv, Zoia Volk, Regina Maryanovska-Davidzon, SWR/ARTE 
  • Silent Flood, director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, producer Karina Kostyna, Eugene Rachkovsky, Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer, Reijer Zwaan, MDR / ARTE 

Read more about the documentaries here.

Two films that are part of Generation Ukraine have already had their world premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival 2024. These are the films A Bit of a Stranger, directed by Svitlana Lishchynska, and Intercepted, directed by Oksana Karpovych. The documentary Intercepted received a special mention for the Ecumenical Award, which is awarded for the film’s religious, social and humanistic themes. It also received a special mention for the Amnesty Award. 

Throughout 2022, ARTE representatives attended presentations of Ukrainian documentary film projects at international festivals and selected participants. The Ukrainian Institute contributed expertly, offering a long list of projects at different stages of production. As a result, the teams of 12 documentaries were invited to participate in the Generation Ukraine project.

Generation Ukraine is a project of the French-German media platform ARTE in cooperation with ARTE France, ARTE G.E.I.E., ARTE Germany, Ministère de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères, Goethe Institut, Council of Europe, BR, MDR, RBB, SWR, 2DF, Documentary Association of Europe, Doc Society and the Ukrainian Institute.

About 12 documentaries

  • ​​Displaced, director Olha Zhurba, producer Darya Bassel, Anne Köhncke, Kerstin Übelacker, ARTE France, FISK 
  • The Basement, director Roman Blazhan, producer Roman Blazhan, Christilla Huillard-Kahn, ARTE France  
  • Intercepted, director Oksana Karpovych, producer Giacomo Nudi, Rocío Barba Fuentes, Pauline Tran Van Lieu, Darya Bassel and Olha Beskhmelnytsina, ARTE France  
  • Cuba & Alaska, director Yegor Troyanovsky, producer Olha Beskhmelnytsina, Christian Popp, co-producer Hanne Phlypo, ARTE France  
  • Queens of Joy, director Olga Gibelinda, producer Ivanna Khitsinska, Louis Beaudemont, ARTE GEIE  
  • The Days I would Like to Forget, directors Alina Gorlova, Yelizaveta Smith, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Simon Mozgovyi, producer Eugene Rachkovsky, Nabil Bellahsene, Ralph Wieser, SWR / ARTE  
  • Another Man’s Diary, director Oleksandr Tkachenko, producer Dmytro Illia Gladshtein, BR / ARTE  
  • Blessed, director Andrii Lysetskyi, producer Gennady Kofman, Olha Beskhmelnytsina, Uldis Cekulis, Erik Winker, MDR / ARTE  
  • Nukemailing, director Pavlo Cherepin, screenwriter Anton Bazelinsky, producer Egor Olesov, Kateryna Mizina, RBB /ARTE/DW 
  • A Bit of a Stranger, director Svitlana Lishchynska, producer Anna Kapustina, Fredrik Lange, Kristina Börjeson, ARTE / ZDF 
  • Women Occupied, directors Tetiana Hanhza, Zoia Volk, producers Oksana Ivantsiv, Zoia Volk, Regina Maryanovska-Davidzon, SWR/ARTE 
  • Silent Flood, director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, producer Karina Kostyna, Eugene Rachkovsky, Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer, Reijer Zwaan, MDR / ARTE 

Read more about the documentaries here.

Two films that are part of Generation Ukraine have already had their world premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival 2024. These are the films A Bit of a Stranger, directed by Svitlana Lishchynska, and Intercepted, directed by Oksana Karpovych. The documentary Intercepted received a special mention for the Ecumenical Award, which is awarded for the film’s religious, social and humanistic themes. It also received a special mention for the Amnesty Award. 

Throughout 2022, ARTE representatives attended presentations of Ukrainian documentary film projects at international festivals and selected participants. The Ukrainian Institute contributed expertly, offering a long list of projects at different stages of production. As a result, the teams of 12 documentaries were invited to participate in the Generation Ukraine project.

Generation Ukraine is a project of the French-German media platform ARTE in cooperation with ARTE France, ARTE G.E.I.E., ARTE Germany, Ministère de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères, Goethe Institut, Council of Europe, BR, MDR, RBB, SWR, 2DF, Documentary Association of Europe, Doc Society and the Ukrainian Institute.