On April 26th at 6 PM, The Ethnography lab presents the screening of ‘Occupied’ in the last Film Nights of the semester. The documentary follows Dmytro Bahnenko, a journalist in Kherson, southern Ukraine, as he spent three months secretly recording his city’s resistance to the Russian occupation. In an extraordinary and personal film, Dmytro chronicles the harsh reality of life under occupation, as food and medicines become scarce, people flee, and others begin to disappear. Dmytro and his wife Lidia struggle to shield their four-year-old daughter Ksusha from the war, and make the difficult decision to try to escape. ‘Occupied’ was released on the BBC World Service on 20th October 2022. Just two weeks later Kherson was liberated by Ukrainian armed forces. Despite a momentary glimpse of hope for the people of Kherson, the city has been under heavy bombardment and shelling from Russian military forces since. The documentary stands as a powerful chronicle of the occupation as it is anchored in the human story of one family.
The screening will be accompanied by a pre-recorded interview with its producer and director, Albina Kovalyova, as well as some updated clips from Dmytro taken after the release of the documentary.
*No registration is required
Occupied, (2022) BBC Eye for BBC World Service.
Dmytro Bahnenko (reporter)
Albina Kobalyova (Producer and Director)
Michael Simkin and Kateryna Khinkulova (Executive Producers)