Meet the Travelling Docudays UA-2022!

Meet the Travelling Docudays UA-2022!

27 October 2022

Meet the Travelling Docudays UA-2022!


Meet the 19th Travelling Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival! The festival will be held from 12 November to 30 December, it will start in Lviv and will visit 22 regions of Ukraine. The Festival will also visit the foreign countries for the first time.


The theme of this year's Travelling Docudays UA – "State of Emergency" – is very clear and close to all Ukrainians. A state of emergency is an exceptional situation when normal life and plans for the future are put on hold. When basic life needs and human rights are under constant threat.


"Among the regional coordinators of the Travelling Docudays UA Festival are human rights defenders, educational workers, librarians, photographers, filmmakers, lawyers, psychologists. When a full-scale war began, some of them joined the territorial defense, some started helping the army and internally displaced people, and some were forced to leave their hometowns and become refugees. For a while, it seemed to us that during this tragic period, our coordinators were not up to the festival. But when we asked if they were ready to hold the Travelling Festival this year, we received confirmation from 25 partners and even from those who are currently abroad. These are amazing people who are in love with documentary cinema and believe that we help people find support and improve the world through the film screenings and their discussion," says Alla Tyutyunnyk, Head of Docudays UA Networks Department.


We added stripes resembling a taped window to the visual design for this year’s festival. They became a peculiar symbol of the state of emergency and warfare. But we leave this peaceful landscape outside the window as an image of our future victory and all the postponed plans to which we will definitely return.


The programme of the Travelling Docudays UA will include a block of short films made by Ukrainian directors after the start of the full-scale invasion. Foreign and Ukrainian films from the 19th DOCUDAYS UA programme, which the team prepared back in the winter for screenings in the cinemas of peaceful Kyiv will also be presented. You can read more about the film programme on the Travelling Docudays UA website.


We are expecting the arrival of the creative teams and protagonists of the film A House Made of Splinters by the Danish director Simon Lereng Wilmont, as well as the film The Hamlet Syndrome, directed by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski.


Our team also prepared a special project "Why Ukrainians win" within the festival . These are 10 stories of resilience about the invincibility, struggle and victories of the regional coordinators of the Travelling Docudays UA. Read weekly updates on the websites of the Travelling Festival and Suspilne, the media partner of the festival.


Traditionally, events of the human rights programme RIGHTS NOW! will be held during the Travelling Festival. These are five conversations in an online format, where you can discuss and reflect on the consequences of the war together with experts. In particular, how war affects mental health, what impact it has on the environment, and how to deal with it in the future.


Within the framework of the campaign "Together for Safe Childbirth!", we will learn what experience of pregnancy and childbirth during the war should be taken into account in the post-war reconstruction. We will also discuss why it is important to document the events of life and everyday routine during the war and talk about the new project of the "Ukraine War Archive" festival. Human rights programme events will also be available on DOCUSPACE.


You can also watch the film programme "State of Emergency" on DOCUSPACE. The films will be available only on the territory of Ukraine.


This year, the safety of our audience is our top priority, so we are limiting the number of offline public events. You can find out more about the events from the regional coordinators of the festival. Follow the updates on the Facebook pages and on the website of the Travelling Docudays UA.



Non-Governmental Organization “Docudays”

Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union

Charity Organization “Charity and Health Fund”

Centre for Contemporary Information Technology and Visual Arts


The special edition of the 19th Docudays UA takes place with the support of the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine, the Stabilization Fund for Culture and Education 2022 of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and the Goethe-Institut, the Polish Institute in Kyiv. The inclusivity of the festival is supported by Oschadbank and Mastercard. The opinions, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily reflect the views of the governments, charitable organisations or companies of these countries. The authors are solely responsible for the content of the publication.


For additional information, please contact Maria Buchelnikova, communications manager at the Travelling Docudays UA: [email protected]

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