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Recharge and Revolt: Guided Tour & Short Films


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16:00 Guided tour EXPO 16:30 Doors CINEMA 17:00 Start film programme

On Sunday 26 November from 16:00 onwards, a special programme has been put together in honour of the last day of the exhibition Recharge and Revolt - Queer resistance and rave culture in Ukraine. At 16:00 hrs this programme starts in Melkweg Expo with a guided tour of the exhibition, given by guest curator Anton Shebetko. During and after the tour there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

From 17:00 onwards, there will be a special curatorial picked film programme in Melkweg Cinema, showing a selection of five short films. These short movies delve into the vibrant and diverse world of queer people and queer culture in Ukraine. This collection of films offers an intimate glimpse into the lives, struggles, and triumphs of individuals and the whole Ukrainian LGBTQIA+ community, as they navigate their identities and explore their place in society that is engaged in a difficult fight for freedom.

Stay updated via our channels and website for the announcement of the entire film programme. This programme is completely free of charge, all you have to do is register via the (free) ticketlink.

Image: Lena Siyatovska, I Am Michelle, 2021, film still.

Film programme

Dedicated to the Youth of the World II, 2019
Roman Khimei and Yarema Malashchuk 

Dedicated to the Youth of the World II is a doc short by Roman Khimei and Yarema Malashchuk about one of the first Ukrainian big techno raves CXEMA. The movie shows a night when the space of The Dovzhenko film studios in Kyiv was transformed into a rave CXEMA.  The Kyiv youth reclaims their post-revolutionary city in an intimate yet massive nighttime ritual, an absolute freedom many look forward to. The carefully focused camera follows the participants into a new day—the reality many do not seem to accept.

He.She, 2022
Yana Kyrychenko

The protagonist, a drag diva Artem, showcases two aspects of their life: the ordinary, everyday existence of a guy narrating his story, and the enchanting drag queen shows an unusual name starting with the letter B. This is a documentary tale about drag culture, freedom, extravagance, equality, and choice.

It’s a Date, 2023
Nadia Parfan

Kyiv in 2022. A car races at breakneck speed through the city at dawn. Filmed from a subjective camera angle in a single unedited shot, this film captures the emotions in a state of emergency caused by the war.

I Am Michelle, 2023
Olena Siyatovska

Michelle, a 20-year-old transgender girl, lives in Kyiv, Ukraine, dreams of becoming a model, and through popularity in social media, she resists the loneliness that takes her over. She returns to her birthplace, a small village in Western Ukraine, to visit her relatives and friends who were the first who accept her identity and changes.  Remembering back her life and being between her dreams and reality, she understands that her true desire is to be a real woman and become a mother.

Sex, Medicated, Rock-n-Roll, 2013
Anatoly Belov

Anatoly Belov is an Ukrainian artist, who in his works takes on board the problem of the loneliness of the homosexual in homophobic society. The film is a story of love, but also the consequences of revealing cultural and social prejudices. The main protagonist tries to show to a couple of observers the variety of interpersonal relationships. Their attitude, to start with mocking, gradually becomes reflective. The title of the work alludes to Ian Dury’s cult song Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. The artist draws attention to the different possible meanings of the word ‘drugs’–a means of intoxication but also a curative treatment.

Please note: all films are Ukrainian spoken with English subtitles.