Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2022

In Osteuropa 6-8/2022

Life – Cinema – Life
Ukrainian Cinema at War (2014-2022)

Barbara Wurm

Deutsche Fassung


Reality, documentary, and fiction merge in Ukrainian cinema in a unique way. Directors, actors, and cinematographers come from the war, make films about the war, and go to the front lines again to defend their country. Filmmaking is participation and a gesture of self-empowerment. The films about war from 2014-2022 make visible physical and psychological injury, personal loss, and social tragedy in a broad spectrum of forms. They oscillate between the dream of peace, freedom, and independence, on the one hand, and the traumatization caused by violence, torture, rape, and death, on the other.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2022, pp. 421–436)