XII Docudays UA Travelling Human Rights Documentary Film Festival starts on 12th of October. This year inhabitants of more than 200 cities and towns is Ukraine will be able to see the best documentaries about human rights. Docudays UA Travelling Festival will last from October till December and will take place in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kirovohrad, Lviv, Luhansk, Poltava, Kherson, Chernihiv, Chernivtsi, Ternopil, Volyn, Donetsk, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, Odesa, Sumy, Zakarpattia, Mykolaiv, Rivne and Khmelnytsky regions, as well as Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

Festival films will be screened in cinema halls, houses of culture, universities, schools, youth clubs, bookstores, libraries, as well as institutions of penitentiary system. Viewers will get an opportunity to talk to well-known human rights defenders, cultural workers and artists. Organizers arrange topical discussions and debates, so that the screening of the film motivates viewers to analyze problems highlighted in it and to look for the best ways of solving this problem on local and state levels.

This year’s Travelling Festival program includes films-winners and films from non-competition programs of XII Docudays UA. We are certain that honest documentary film is able to protect from weapon of propaganda. For this reason, this year Travelling Docudays UA will screen two films from Propaganda program, central to Kyiv’s festival. Two films included in this program – “Ash and Money” by Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper and “This Is My Land” by Tamara Erde - deal with two important spheres of social life – politics and education.


Travelling Festival also includes films from program GEORGIA EFFECT that gave an account of Georgia’s experience of war with Russia and consequent reconstruction of the country. Collection DOCU/ENERGY will help to realize that every person is responsible for contributing to energy independency and conservation of natural resources.


Program DOCU/UKRAINE introduces three films about our contemporary life: “76-46” by Julija Proskurina, “Waltz Alchevsk” by Vadym Ilkov, and “Sister Zo” by Alisa Kovalenko. These films present a variety of styles: from almost epic ones to very personal.


This year’s festival has something new in store for its viewers – film program DOCU/KIDS. Heroes of these stories are kids and teenagers that are facing grown-up problems and learn how to deal with them.

All in all, viewers of Travelling Festival will see 40 best documentary films from Ukraine and world.  

Together with Travelling Docudays UA photo exhibition “You see, My Brother?” by well-known Ukrainian photographer Alexaner Glyadyelov will travel to regions of Ukraine. Exhibition presents black and white photos, telling story of revolution and war in Ukraine. Glyadelov is still working with analogue camera with manual focus, mechanical shutter and without continuous shooting mode. It is virtually impossible to use such camera in the midst of the battle, so photographer has to examine what is happening in between. In other words – he has to document moments of life, not destruction. 


Exhibition will take place in Lviv (Dzyga gallery, 9-20 of November), Lutsk (Art Gallery, 24-29th of November), Kryvyi Rig (“F-Art” Gallery, 3-6 of December), Chernigiv (“Plast-Art”, 9-16 of December) and Zaporizhia (“Art-prostir”, 18-27 of December).

Festival’s partners in regions of Ukraine are 48 leading youth, non-governmental and human rights organizations and 92 film clubs of media education in human rights Docudays UA. Detailed program of regional screenings can be found on official Docudays UA Travelling Human Rights Documentary Film Festival website www.traveling.docudays.org.ua.


Travelling Festival’s objective

To promote popularization and development of documentary film and to raise the level of respect for human rights in Ukraine.


Travelling Festival’s mission

We create opportunities for every person in Ukraine to watch the most talented and present-day documentary films from all over the world. This contributes to development of critical thinking, creation of active citizen position, and appreciation of highest value of human dignity. By realizing our mission we promote popularization and development of documentary film and to increase of the level of respect for human rights in Ukraine.



Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union;

Non-Government Оrganization "Pivden";

Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation;

NGO “Center for Modern Information Technologies and Visual Arts”.



Ukrainian State Film Agency;

Human Rights Film Network.


International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA is supported by Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine. 


20 Travelling Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
October — December 2022