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    Focus Ucraine: Once I Was a Filmmaker and Now I Am a Soldier

    ZINEBI is organising a special programme given over to Ukraine, in association with the Ukrainian Institute (a public institution attached to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Docudays UA, held every year in March in Kiev. This special Focus will include the screening of three documentary feature films and three short films from Ukraine. Among these, Mariupolis 2, which was premiered at the last Cannes Festival and directed by Mantas Kvedaravičius, but finished by his partner Hanna Bilobrova, after the director was captured and murdered by Russian soldiers in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on 2 April this year. The Lithuanian director, also a doctor of anthropology, wanted to reflect the reality of war in his film “as far removed as possible from the hustle and bustle of communication media and politicians”. Kvedaravičius met his death at the age of 45, and had filmed in Mariupolis before (2016). In Bilbao, directors and representatives of the institutions associated with ZINEBI will present the contents of the programme and will discuss the critical situation of the people of Ukraine and, most particularly, the case of professionals working in the artistic and cultural sectors.