Mariupol, I Love You is a collection released on Ukrainian VOD-platform Takflix.com. Featuring four films about the city now under siege by the Russian army. The films are available worldwide with English subtitles. 50% of ticket sales will go to the Mariupol City Council and its humanitarian missions.
Since the Russian invasion on February 24, Mariupol has faced constant shelling leading to a humanitarian catastrophe. The Russian troops do not allow humanitarian convoys into the besieged city. Therefore leaving about 300 000 civilians, around 3000 of whom are newborn babies, without food and medicine. Also, at the time of writing (March 19, 2022), the casualties among the civilians are almost 20.000.
To begin with, Mariupol, I Love You shows life in the city before the invasion. It consists of four short films made by Mariupol locals between 2017 and 2021. These are stories of everyday life, dreams, and relationships. And how they were influenced by the first phase of the war in 2014.
In Me and Mariupol a Donetsk-born director Piotr Armianovski is talking to people in search of the Mariupol he remembers from his childhood. Ma, by Maria Stoianova is a conversation between a mother and daughter created from amateur phone footage in the face of war. Territory of Empty Windows and Diorama by Mariupol-born Zoya Laktionova explore how the war has changed the face of the city.
Availability: You can find now the four films on Takflix.com. This is an independent VOD-platform with the largest collection of modern and classic Ukrainian films.
What do you know about Mariupol?
Mariupol is a harbour, a resort, a home to a huge population of Pontic Greeks. And a trade centre. It is an industrial giant with a bright history dating back to the 16th century. Meanwhile, the city has faced the war in 2014. And then became a symbol of the new, Ukraine-controlled Donetsk region. A besieged heroic city, now fighting to resist and survive during the Russian invasion in 2022.Watch them on Takflix.com