Film With Stories From the Museum of Civilian Voices of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation Awarded at the Santa Fe Film Festival
The city of Santa Fe (in the U.S.) hosted an annual cinema event, The Santa Fe International Film Festival. Its winner in the category Best International Film became a short-length film The Mariupol Survivors, which included some fragments of three stories from the collection of the Museum of Civilian Voices of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.
“There is a war continuing in our country. Our goal is to show all the truth about this war in a documentary series. The first episode is about the city of Mariupol. We want to tell people the truth about this terrible war,” this is how the authors presented their film at the festival.
The film festival, which has been held for 20 years, brings together filmmakers, journalists, industry leaders and viewers from all over the world. The production team managed to film The Mariupol Survivors, a 35-minute long video work, in just nine days to be able to participate in the film festival.
“We learned about The Santa Fe Film Festival when our film was at the script stage. However, when we provided the drafts for the development of our project, the organizers of the festival believed in us. The feedback they give to our work now is as follows, “You are the only ones in the history of our festival who applied so late and won,” film director Maria Mykhno and screenwriter, journalist and voice-over artist Anastasia Bazdyreva told in an interview to the Museum of Civilian Voices of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.
Read the full interview with Maria and Anastasia at the link bit.ly/3mROXx5
The fragments of the stories that became part of the film The Mariupol Survivors are included in the archive of the Museum of Civilian Voices of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. This is the world’s largest collection of stories from Ukrainian civilians who suffered from the war. The Museum’s archive now has more than 60,000 stories. Share your story on https://civilvoicesmuseum.org/ or by calling a toll-free hotline 0 (800) 509 001.