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Donbass (2018)

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In eastern Ukraine, society begins to degrade as the effects of propaganda and manipulation begin to surface in this post-truth era.

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Sergey Loznitsa

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Sergey Loznitsa
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Tamara Yatsenko ... Plump-faced Woman
Irina Zayarmiuk Irina Zayarmiuk ... Creature
Grigory Masliuk Grigory Masliuk ... Town Mayor
Olesya Zhurakovskaya Olesya Zhurakovskaya ... Girl with bucket
Lyudmila Smorodina ... Woman in blue
Boris Kamorzin ... Mikhalych
Mikhail Voloshin Mikhail Voloshin ... Man in cap
Evgeny Chepurnyak Evgeny Chepurnyak ... Head physician
Igor Kirilchatenko Igor Kirilchatenko ... First Ukrainian Soldier
Vladislav Simanko Vladislav Simanko ... First guy on the bus
Alexei Beldei Alexei Beldei ... Second guy on the bus
Yaroslav Bezkorovayny Yaroslav Bezkorovayny ... Soldier in Bandana
Elena Khizhnaya Elena Khizhnaya ... Bandersha
Arsen Bosenko Arsen Bosenko ... First separatist
Thorsten Merten ... German journalist
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In eastern Ukraine, society begins to degrade as the effects of propaganda and manipulation begin to surface in this post-truth era.

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Official submission of Ukraine for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

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Raw, Revealing and Powerful Glimpse into Eastern Ukraine
27 September 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

"What have you got for me?!" asks a soldier at a checkpoint in Eastern Ukraine. Not getting a lot of traction with locals on a bus who are obviously affected by the fighting and not well off, he seems genuinely pleased with the offering of a bit of lard to chew on. "Extermination squad volunteer" are the words pinned to a man as he is paraded around town by a Russian separatist soldier, berated and beaten by local citizens.

Such stranger than fiction material from occupied Ukraine is the subject of an unconventional, unsettling and darkly humorous documentary. Film scenes are recreated from episodes gleaned from YouTube and other media. Get a front row seat to strange and disturbing scenes including bribery, confiscation, artillery barrages, the Lady MacBeth of Russian separatists, and more.

Donbass is raw, revealing and powerful. No one can cover their eyes to what is going on in Donbass, which is nothing less than the recolonization of former Russian territory. People are virtually powerless and they bear the brunt of the fighting. Fire and violence tend to invite more of the same. 26 professional actors were employed, and the rest are locals, according to the director who was at this North American premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.


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