Ukraine’s cinematic tradition is highly debated, due to its absorption within the Soviet filmmaking system and current debate around the ownership of the cultural exchange that exists between Russia and Ukraine. Cutting through the noise, however, Ukraine’s importance to film is undeniable.

The nation has produced filmmakers of incomparable influence such as Alexander Dovzhenko, Dziga Vertov and Kira Muratova. Vertov’s ‘Man with a Movie Camera (1929) is one of the greatest films in history, and was produced by VUFKU, a Ukrainian studio.

From Ukrainian film’s avant-garde inception to the vibrant contemporary scene, new award winning directors like Irina Tsylik and Sergei Loznitsa, continue to deliver on Ukraine’s rich and varied film tradition.

“I’m an eye. A mechanical eye. I, the machine, show you a world the way only I can see it.”
Dziga Vertov

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