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Below by Kira Malko

Lately, plenty of cruise ship job offers have inundated the Ukrainian market. HR managers actively recruit those ‘dedicated to the highest level of guest satisfaction and excellence’ – pool boys, stewards, floor runners, buffet attendants, butlers, cleaners, and entertainers. Is it a dream job and a guaranteed way to travel in style or self-effacing drudgery […]

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Donbass Submitted for Oscars

Out of six contenders, Ukraine has selected Sergei Loznitsa’s tragicomedy Donbass to compete for selection in the foreign-language Oscar race to take place in Los Angeles on 24 February 2019. Based on documentary materials and filmed in Kryvyi Rih (southeast of Ukraine), Donbass is a coproduction between Ukraine, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. “The movie’s […]

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War No Comment, and World We Defend

Photo albums from Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence How does it feel to be a soldier on the frontline? Do fleeting memories of life events like a first kiss flood as artillery fires overhead? Or do trouble-free school days spark recollection in between offensives. Who are these heroes – both troops and civilians – living in […]

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War No Comment, and the World We Defend Photo albums from Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence

How does it feel to be a soldier on the frontline? Do fleeting memories of life events like a first kiss flood as artillery fires overhead? Or do trouble-free school days spark recollection in between offensives? Who are these heroes – both troops and civilians – living in the war zone holding the aggressor at bay? You will see […]

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Cat’n’Bat by Sashko Danylenko

Most books are for reading. This one is more for watching and having fun. Still, with visuals inspired by silent comedy and black humour, there is much more to it. Cat’n’Bat is a debut graphic novel by Ukrainian-born New York-based independent filmmaker Sashko Danylenko. He has created a collection of comic strips, each of them […]

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Faculty (Факультет) by Daryna Berezina

They call her Alice of Wonderland – some out of great respect, some out of blatant contempt. She is a makeup-free geek donning a hipster check shirt, unisex jeans, outrageous green shoes and love beads. She writes sophisticated poems and wears a knapsack richly embellished with pendant ornaments and badges. A Salinger fan, she is […]

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Exodus 1974 by Alex Frishberg

‘In summer 1973, my parents sent me to a camp for a month. A 10-year-old boy, I was away from home for the first time ever. When my dad came to visit me on a weekend, he immediately wondered if I had fun there. I told him the truth, “One of the mates called me […]

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The Skull by Oleh Shynkarenko

Where do the origins of the so-called ‘Russian World’ begin? According to The Skull, in a remote Siberian village whose residents are unable to tell reality from fantasy. Their historical consciousness – or rather collective mind – is dominated by an archetypical idea of supporting ‘a righteous fight’ against Russia’s eternal as well as imaginary foes. […]

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