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What do you know about Mariupol? Mariupol is a harbour, a resort, a home to a huge population of Pontic Greeks and a trade centre. It is an industrial giant with a bright history dating back to the 16th century, when it was founded by Cossacks. Mariupol is the city that faced the war in 2014 and then became a symbol of the new, Ukraine-controlled Donetsk region. A besieged heroic city, now fighting to resist and survive during the Russian invasion in 2022.

“Mariupol, I love you” is a collection of short films made by Mariupol locals in 2017-2021. 50% of the money raised from film downloads will be sent to the Mariupol City Council for the urgent humanitarian needs in the face of the Russian invasion. 

The short films are stories of everyday life, dreams and relationships and how they were influenced by the first phase of the war. “Me and Mariupol” features Donetsk-born director, Piotr Armianovski, talking to people from Mariupol in search of the city he remembers from his childhood. “Ma” by Maria Stoianova is a mother-daughter dialogue taken with amateur phone footage in the face of war. “Territory of empty windows” and “Diorama” by Mariupol-born Zoya Laktionova explore how the war changed the face of the city.


Support Ukraine with DAFilms

"We are helping in the best way we know how: through film, and we support Ukrainian filmmakers. Stream any film from our special programme and we'll pay 40% of the proceeds to documentary filmmakers currently filming in war zones.
DAFilms is not just a streaming portal, but also part of Doc Alliance – a network of 7 key European festivals. We feel that it's our duty to help our partners and colleagues from the Ukrainian festival Docudays UA – an international human rights documentary festival that is held in Kiev every year in March. For this extraordinary special programme, we have selected a handful of documentary films that paint a picture of contemporary Ukraine and help us to better understand their culture, the social upheavals that have unfolded in recent years, and Russia's political interventions.

  • Filme von Oleksiy Radynski auf dafilms

Big Short

Ukrainian short films

Ukrainian Short Films Database — a platform for promotion, research and distribution of the best Ukrainian films curated by Wiz-Art programmers. The database give the professional audience an opportunity to legally watch films, contact films owners, access thematic selections and receive high-quality content for screenings. You can get access to the database by filling out the accreditation form at the top of this page. If you have any questions about accreditation do not hesitate to contact us by email: ukrainian.shorts@wiz-art.ua


Hot Docs is not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing and celebrating the art of documentary and creating production opportunities for documentary filmmakers.Hot Docs was founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada (formerly the Canadian Independent Film Caucus), a national association of independent documentary filmmakers. In 1996, Hot Docs became a separately incorporated organization with a mandate to showcase and support the work of Canadian and international documentary filmmakers and to promote excellence in documentary production.

Each year, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival—North America's largest doc festival, conference and market—presents over 200 cutting edge films from around the world.
Year round, Hot Docs supports the Canadian and international industry with professional development programs and a multi-million-dollar production fund portfolio, and fosters education through documentaries with its popular free program Docs For Schools.
Hot Docs owns and programs the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood and the world’s first and largest documentary cinema. During the pandemic, Hot Docs launched the Hot Docs at Home streaming platform to provide audiences across Canada access to first-run documentaries and curated programming and events.

The Guardian - Cinema of Ukraine

The Guardian is celebrating Ukrainian cinema with a specially curated selection of documentaries, made before the current war. Presented in collaboration with the Kyiv-based Docudays UA film festival, these award-winning movies offer insight into the modern history of the country, its culture and its people.

In This Rain Will Never Stop, directed by Alina Gorlova, we meet 20 year-old Andriy Suleyman who escaped Syria with his family, taking refuge in his mother’s native Ukraine. Shot in striking black-and-white, it is a sophisticated vision of war zones and the scars they leave.

Living through the Maidan Revolution of 2014, a pivotal moment in the history of their country, art becomes a way for radical cabaret act ‘Dakh Daughters Band’ to reflect upon those events and face the harsh reality of today’s Ukraine with wisdom and hope in Roses.Film-Cabaret, directed by Irena Stetsenko.

School #3, directed by Yelizaveta Smith and Georg Genoux, invites children from a school in Donbass to talk about things that matter to them.

Darya Bassel, Head of Industry at the Kyiv-based film festival Docudays UA has written an opinion piece about the role of documentaries at a time of war. Read the article here.


Auf Настоящее Время gibt es unter anderem im freien Stream einen Teil des Filmprogramms des ukrainischen Filmfestivals des Dokumentarkinos "Docudays UA" (Міжнародний фестиваль документального кіно про права людини Docudays UA), das dieses Jahr wegen dem Krieg nicht in Kyjiv stattfinden konnte.

Moma - Screening Program: Notes from the Ground

Notes from the Ground showcases moving image works by contemporary artists from Ukraine. Created between the Maidan revolution, which was followed by Crimean annexation and occupation of Donbas in 2014—and the full-scale Russian invasion launched on February 24 of this year—the works in the program take the viewer through the country’s urgencies and contradictions, the streets and fringes of its cities, and the experiences of its inhabitants.

The title of the program brings to the fore the fact that because of the ongoing war, many of the artists represented are currently under siege – or “on the ground,” to borrow a term used to describe engagement in military activity. Others have recently fled or were already living and working abroad before the invasion. That same “ground” has been a place where discussions occur beyond normative divisions, where ideas germinate and utopias materialize – as will hopefully continue to be the case.

Notes from the Ground is available for viewing from March 30 to April 30, 2022.