UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL
by Kitty Green
Ukraine's topless feminist sensation, Femen, has stirred up a press frenzy across Europe. Outraged by the world's image of Ukrainian women as either brides for sale or commodities of sex tourism, Femen bare their breasts in protest to disrupt this perception and agitate against these brutal patriarchal forces. Now, for the first time, 'Ukraine Is Not a Brothel' offers an intimate glimpse into the world's most provocative feminist organization. A movement that began in the snow-filled streets of a corrupt, post-Soviet Ukraine, Femen's naked war against patriarchy is gaining momentum across Europe, but before they take the world by storm, these bold and beautiful women must first confront the perverse and contradictory forces that power their own "titillating" feminist organisation.
Director: Kitty Green
Producers: Kitty Green, Jonathan auf der Heide, Michael Latham
Cinematography: Michael Latham
Operators: Kitty Green, Michael Latham
Editor: Kitty Green
Sound Design: Jed Palmer
Composers: Jed Palmer, Zoë Barry
DIRECTOR - KITTY GREEN
Kitty Green graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts. Her graduating short film ‘Spilt’ premiered at the Brisbane International Film Festival and screened at festivals internationally, picking up awards for its ‘provocative’ nature. After graduating, Kitty worked at ABC on ‘Art Nation’ and ‘Artscape’, shooting, editing and producing documentary content for national broadcast. Kitty spent the last year in her grandmother’s native Ukraine filming with the women of Ukraine’s topless feminist movement ‘Femen’. Her protest footage was screened by news media outlets all over the globe. Kitty’s abduction by the KGB, whilst filming a Femen protest in Belarus, made headlines both in Australia and internationally. ‘Ukraine is not a Brothel’ is Kitty's feature debut.
SELECT FESTIVALS & AWARDS
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2013〡BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2013〡IDFA 2013〡HOT DOCS 2014〡SXSW 2014〡TRUE/FALSE FILM FESTIVAL 2014〡AFI DOCS 2014〡HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL 2014〡FULL FRAME 2014〡SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2014〡MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014〡NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014〡DOC LOUNGE 2014〡GOTEBORG 2014〡BERGEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014〡MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014〡FIFDH GENEVA 2014〡THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2014〡BIOGRAFILM 2014〡FESTIVAL DES LIBERTES 2014〡WATCH DOCS 2014〡ZAGREBDOX 2014〡ONE WORLD ROMANIA 2014〡ONE WORLD CZECH REPUBLIC 2014〡ONE WORLD SLOVAKIA 2014〡LEMESOS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2014〡JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL 2014
"Kitty Green’s fascinating documentary offers a nuanced, thoughtful portrait of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen“
"Green beautifully allows the material (and the characters) speak for itself, revealing just how full of paradoxes and steeped in a male-chauvinist attitude even theoretically feminist movements can be, further underlining why they are necessary."
- The Hollywood Reporter
"The film is an absorbing, deftly constructed 78-minute look at the methods and inner workings of the group... avoiding hagiography, Green has a refreshingly even-handed approach."
- France 24