“I have been in Ivano-Frankivsk for about a week. Before that I was in the countryside, in the Rivne region, halfway between Kyiv and Lviv. Here in Ivano-Frankivsk I lived in the theater for a week in the restroom. I slept on a seat there. The theater has set up its own dressing rooms for refugee artists.”
Nikityuk had already left Kyiv on the second day of the war, with some baggage and her cat. “Today, my cat and I found an apartment that we can stay in at the moment. Finally a bathtub and washing machine again! “
The night before the outbreak of the war, Marcia Nikityuk was still working on exhibitions for her new film projects, but she has not recognized her since.
Threat of air strikes
Marcia Nikitiuk’s first feature film, Family Drama When Trees Fall Down, premiered at the 2018 Berlinale Panorama. More feature films follow.
Underestimating the Soviet Union and Russia
What annoys the director: at festivals, films from Russia and Ukraine regularly end up in the same bowl of “Eastern European countries”. Marcia Nikityuk no longer wants and can accept this, in view of the brutal attack on her homeland. This also bothers her that many Europeans underestimate Russia from their point of view.
Like many cultural workers from Ukraine, Marisia Nikityuk calls for sanctions not only on the Russian economy but also on Russian culture.
Russian culture should be banned
When we demanded a boycott of Russian culture, the response was repeatedly that Putin is evil, but Russians are good. They too will suffer from the situation. This is a mistake. Almost all of Russian art is based on these imperial ideas. And in wartime, as long as blood flows in Ukraine, there can be no Russian politics, economy and culture in the civilized world. This should be blocked for this time period. Because people die, they get killed and raped – that’s terrible.”
Cultural workers such as Marisia Nikityuk are demanding that no films, plays, concerts or ballets from Russia be shown in European theaters as long as the war in Ukraine continues.
‘Putin’s Russia collectively’
Other Russian colleagues and acquaintances of Marcia are not clearly against the war. Her Russian relatives have not asked about the family since the beginning of the war. No longer submitting reports.