Ukraine is Not a Brothel

Ukraine Is Not A Brothel

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BUY TICKETS     Sunday, 30 November – 4.00pm – The Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA

“Kitty Green’s fascinating documentary offers a nuanced, thoughtful portrait of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen.”Variety

Australian director Kitty Green reveals the world of Femen, the Ukrainian feminist group famous for its topless protests, in this compelling documentary debut which won her a special mention at the 70th Venice Film Festival.

After living with Femen members for 14 months in a crumbling Soviet apartment on the outskirts of Kiev, Green unfolds the story of how this neo-Situationist group came together, aiming initially to combat Ukraine’s image as the sex-trafficking and prostitution hub of Europe. She witnesses the often shocking consequences of their peaceful dissent, much like the fate of their sisters in protest, Pussy Riot. A darker twist threads through the film as she uncovers who really is at the helm of the organisation, contradicting the very ideologies that Femen stands for.

Green has created a beautifully cinematic and wonderfully layered mystery that is subtle, intimate and often disquieting.