Activists in Leipzig disrupt a film about the Maidan protests in Ukraine
The documentary “Ukraine is Burning” was produced by director Oliver Stone and is about the Maidan protests. Activists have now disrupted a performance in Leipzig. Do not like the position of the movie. The city also distanced itself from the film.
MSeveral activists disrupted the screening of a film about the Maidan protests in Ukraine in Leipzig. Members of the group of German-Ukrainian artist Ostov-Collective criticized the pro-Russian stance in the documentary “Ukraine on Fire” (2016) produced by American director Oliver Stone. Clashes occurred between activists and organizers. The outdoor broadcast at the Globalization Film Festival (July 27-November 1) paused Thursday night for a few minutes.
According to the police’s first findings, six people beat the demonstration with drums and tried to remove the microphone from the organizer’s hand. According to the Ostof collective, the organizer then punched an activist in the face.
According to the police, no one was hurt. The police spokesman said that members of the activist group are under investigation for attempting to inflict bodily harm. Officials were present during the broadcast.
“Ukraine is burning” deals, among other things, with the historical background of the Maidan protests in Ukraine in 2013/2014 against the then government of Viktor Yanukovych, the organizers wrote on their website. According to the Kharkiv Group for the Protection of Human Rights, the film also adopts the views of the Kremlin.
The city of Leipzig distanced itself from the film but explained it TwitterThat a democracy, unlike an autocracy, would tolerate the screening of a film of “questionable content” in case of doubt.
Stone directed the four-part documentary, The Putin Interviews from 2015 to 2017, in which he interviewed President Vladimir Putin. Critics complained that the interviews were too friendly, and even talked about the “propaganda” of the Kremlin.
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