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Everyday challenges in a pro-Russian battalion in Ukraine

Their Own Republic caused quite a stir at the Lisbon Film Festival last year, due to the film's somewhat pro-Russian stance. Nevertheless, it provides an interesting insight into a side of the Ukrainian conflict that is rarely mentioned in Western media.

Questioning assumptions through film and debate has an invaluable value, something that Doclisboa – led by Cintia Gil and Davide Oberto – still takes seriously. Their stand was temporarily put to the test this year when two embassies demanded changes to this year's film program. While the Turkish embassy objected to the written reference to the Armenian genocide and atrocities committed against the Kurds, the Ukrainian embassy demanded that the film Their Own Republic, directed by Russian-born Aliona Polunina, was to be removed from the screening list. According to the Ukrainian embassy, ​​the film did not reflect what the international community has characterized as Russian hostilities in the country. Doclisboa not only rejected this outside intervention, but also publicly stated that they intended to be an "area for discussion. . .

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Carmen Gray
Gray is a regular film critic in Ny Tid.

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