On the outskirts of Kiev twenty-floor residential buildings rise to the heavens, whilst on the ground the improvised housing of those who migrated to the city from the provinces remain. The result is a patchwork of modern residential design and ad hoc agriculture, of six-lane residential streets and adjacent fast food outlets juxtaposed with the messy business of domestic pig farming.
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The Festival of Film and Urbanism, based in the Ukrainian city of Slavutych, the city purposely built for the evacuated personnel of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, recently came up with a compe-tition entitled “My Street Films Ukraine”, which called on everyone across the Ukraine to pick up a camera and, under expert supervision, film a local-interest story. The festival then screened thir-teen of these works, which reflect on contemporary urban life in six Ukrainian cities; Berezhany, Kiev, Kherson, Kramatorsk, Novoyavorivsk and Simferopol. Though the approach of the individual works may differ, ranging as it does from self-shot footage to conceptual art, the focus of all the featured films remains unmistakably true to immediate reality. For further information on the Festival of Film and Urbanism take a look at www.86.org.ua