|Ukraine Is Not a Brothel|
|Directed by||Kitty Green|
|Produced by||Jonathan auf der Heide|
|Edited by||Kitty Green|
|Music by||Zoe Barry |
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Ukraine Is Not a Brothel is a 2013 Australian documentary film directed by Kitty Green. The film debuted at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, although it was not part of the competition.The documentary concerns the FEMEN (Фемен) movement, a feminist protest group originating from Ukraine.
The film is a documentary on the activities of FEMEN, a Ukrainian feminist movement known for topless protests. The filmmaker Kitty Greenfollowed the activists for over a year, in Ukraine, Belarus and Turkey. It documents the protests and the resulting harassments and arrests over a span of fourteen months. The film showcases the four activists who form the core of the film.
The documentary shows Viktor Sviatsky as a driving force of the group FEMEN. He is the manipulator of all the protests and, in essence, commander of the females.
The activists of FEMEN participated in the promotion of the documentary. They claimed that the situation in the film, i.e. under the leadership of Viktor Sviatsky, is actually part of the past, since he was ejected from the movement in 2012.
The four principal women of FEMEN (Фемен):
The film was screened out of competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival of Venice.At the festival photocall the activists appeared topless, as is usual for their protests
Glenn Dunksand Christopher Schobert of The Playlist on IndieWire gave the film positive reviews.
On 9 September 2014, Ukraine is Not a Brothel won for the Best Feature Length Documentary by Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, awarded at the 4th AACTA Awards at The Star Event Centre, Sydney, New South Wales in late January 2015
| AACTA Award |
|Best Feature Length Documentary||Jonathan auf der Heide||Won|
|Best Direction in a Documentary||Nominated|
|Best Editing in a Documentary||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography in a Documentary||Michael Latham||Nominated|
|Best Sound in a Documentary||Doron Kipen||Nominated|
|Best Original Music Score in a Documentary||Nominated|
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