: Greek radical groups try to derail Docudays UA festival in Athens

14:56 May. 17, 2016

Greek radical groups try to derail Docudays UA festival in Athens

Photo courtesy - docudays.org.ua

Ukraine's travelling festival goes to Europe, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Greece

On May 13, the 'See Ukraine: Docudays UA on Tour' travelling festival started in Athens.

The night before the opening, managers of Exile Room - the key festival location in Greece - refused to accommodate the event, fearing radical groups' warnings that they might rally outside the building. The Ukrainian organizers were forced to ask Ukraine's Embassy in Greece to host their festival.

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On May 13, when the film Euromaidan. Rough Cut was showcased at the festival opening, pro-Russian forces who call themselves ‘Greek anti-fascists' did rally outside the Exile Room building. Afterwards, the column of young protesters started moving towards a gallery where the photo exhibition Hey, Brother? by Ukrainian artist Oleksandr Hlyadelov should have taken place in a week. The protesters threatened the gallery owners and accused them of supporting Ukrainian Nazis. 

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'See Ukraine: Docudays UA on Tour' in Ukraine's Embassy in Greece. Photo courtesy - docudays.org.ua

Currently, Greek local radical sources spread false information about the 'See Ukraine' project, distort facts and accuse Ukrainians of trying to slander residents of the Russia-occupied Crimea and militant-held Donbas. However, the festival demonstrates no film regarding these issues. 

"The Docudays UA initiative illustrates how an information campaign is waged against Ukraine and how important it is not to succumb to provocations and not to believe that Greeks are hostile towards Ukrainians. It is not true. Pro-Russian forces deliberately create this myth, trying to set two nations at loggerheads with each other. That is why, despite difficulties we did hold the first part of the festival in Greece", says Olha Birzul, 'See Ukraine: Docudays UA on Tour' PR-manager. 

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'See Ukraine: Docudays UA on Tour' in Ukraine's Embassy in Greece. Photo courtesy - docudays.org.ua

For three days, residents of Athens could watch the movie Euromaidan. Rough Cut as well as short films by Ukrainian filmmakers, including The Doctor Leaves Last (Svitlana Shymko) and Sirs and Misters (Oleksandr Tetchynsky).

The festival also presented the lecture Where Ukraine is heading after Euromaidan featuring Ukrainian-Greek experts: philosopher Volodymyr Yermolenko, journalist Tetyana Ogarkova, Greek professor of geopolitics and historian Nikos Michalis Liherosa Varlasa. 

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'See Ukraine: Docudays UA on Tour' in Ukraine's Embassy in Greece. Photo courtesy - docudays.org.ua

"The discussion impressed us since the audience demonstrated their great interest in the issue - people had many questions about the situation in Ukraine, corruption, influence of Ukrainian society, as well as Russian aggression, reasons behind the annexation of Crimea, and Donbas future - says Tetyana Ogarkova (Ukraine Crisis Media Center, Hromadske TV). - We also talked about how hard it was to explain Ukraine's European choice to Greeks as their country shows strong Eurosceptic sentiments".

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"We must continue to do everything possible to deliver the messages about Ukraine to an international audience. It is important to speak about the strong Ukrainian society, the rise of a new Ukraine as well as the nature of Russian aggression that threatens the world's order", said Volodymyr Yermolenko (Internews Ukraine, Hromadske TV).

Source - docudays.org.ua

 

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