Real-life love stories and a fight for equality in Ukraine: A campaign like no other! Unveiling a mesmerizing short film that challenges conventional norms, the campaign for marriage equality in Ukraine brings together an extraordinary mix of diverse couples – both LGBT and heterosexual, famous and not-so-famous. As you enter their world through intimate conversations in this riveting documentary, prepare to be captivated.
From the iconic pop star Volodymyr Dantes and his partner Dasha Katsurina to the charismatic TV host Anatoliy Yerema and his partner Mykola Shestakovskyi, and the influential YouTube blogger Ihor Donskikh, to the passionate Mariupol activist and artist Diana Berg, among many others, these real-life couples share their unique perspectives and experiences.
Allow us to introduce the visionary behind this groundbreaking project – Yuriy Dvizhon. Born in Ternopil in 1993, Yuriy’s passion for visual storytelling propelled him to obtain a BA in film and television arts from Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts in 2015. Starting his career as an assistant director on a celebrated documentary series that delved into the lives of Ukrainian and international celebrities, Yuriy later ventured into the world of music videos, leaving an indelible mark for more than five years.
In 2018 and 2019, he fearlessly took the reins as both the writer and director of the thought-provoking LGBTQ-themed television documentaries, “Don’t Hide Your Eyes 1 & 2.” Yuriy’s invaluable contribution to Ukrainian society was officially recognized in 2019 when he was honored with the prestigious Top 30 Under 30 Award. Continuing to push boundaries, in 2021, Yuriy embarked on an exciting journey, directing films for the renowned Ukrainian fashion brand FROLOV.
The following year witnessed the soaring success of his powerful social-awareness campaign video, titled “Pride Is Not Available In Your Region,” which garnered acclaim and admiration at numerous LGBTIQ+ film festivals worldwide. Presently, Yuriy is channelling his extraordinary talent into an ambitious six-episode drama series that draws inspiration from this very project. Keep an eye out for this rising star and his extraordinary creations.
A MESSAGE FROM THE CREATORS
Yuriy Dvizhon, Ljosha Chashchyn, and Anastasiia Alieksieieva ardently share their utmost dedication to Ukraine and envision an inspiring future for their beloved nation. Recognizing their collective ability to shape the coming years, they wholeheartedly advocate for a society where the next generations will thrive, unhindered by fear or prejudice. Their aspirations include an environment where self-expression, love, and acceptance prevail.
Their poignant project serves as a humble contribution to this noble undertaking. The creators extend their gratitude to the courageous individuals who opened up about their identities and shared their journeys. They deeply appreciate the invaluable partners whose unwavering support brought this campaign to life. Last but certainly not least, they extend profound gratitude to the tireless warriors who have steadfastly fought for equal rights in Ukraine for years.
In a touching tribute, the creators dedicate this project to the remarkable LGBTQIA+ military community of Ukraine, whose bravery and resilience inspire countless generations.
This awe-inspiring venture has been brought to life through the collaboration of director Yuriy Dvizhon, the NGO Women’s Association Sphere, and KharkivPride. With the generous financial support of the European Union, the National Democratic Institute, and the progressive queer social network Hornet, this campaign sets new standards for advocacy and inclusion.
Introducing the visionary team
Yuriy Dvizhon, along with the talented screenwriters Nastia Alieksieieva and Ljosha Chashchyn, form an extraordinary creative force. United during a period of significant upheaval, this dynamic trio is dedicated to creating high-quality Ukrainian LGBTQIA+ content. As active members of the Ukrainian queer community, they are steadfast in their mission to elevate its visibility at home and on the global stage.
Their impressive portfolio includes impactful social campaigns, compelling documentaries, and captivating TV series, which have garnered acclaim at renowned international events such as the Series Mania Festival, Serial Killer Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, and Berlinale Talents Sarajevo. With their limitless passion and creativity, this unstoppable team is poised to deliver even more groundbreaking projects that challenge societal norms and champion the power of love and acceptance. Stay tuned for what the future holds!
Director and creative producer: Yuriy Dvizhon @dvizhon
Producer: Valeria Otchenash
Screenwriters: Anastasiia Alieksieieva, Ljosha Chashchyn DOP: Borya Borisov
DOP crew B: Andrii Karpets Gaffer: Leonid Sidorenko
Sound Engineer: Ivan Haladiuk Set Designer: Kseniia Nebolsiná Art director: Aleh Razhkou Style: Kseniia Nebolsiná
MUA: Viktoriia Schevchuk
Hair master: Lera Gornostay
Edit scripted part: Pavlo Kovtun
Sound production of scripted part: Mikhail Zakutskyi & 4Ears Studio Sound-producer of scripted part: Volodymyr Mazhora
Edit documentary part: Serhii Riumin
Sound production of documentary part: Lutsenko Yevhen Colour: Marina Tkachenko
On set photographer: Christina Pashkina