Archiving the Present: Witnesses. Captivity that kills + Conversation

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After the screening of Witnesses. Captivity that kills, a group of experts, including the team of the Ukraine War Archive project will discuss the reliance on eyewitness testimonies, the ethical considerations of archival storage, and the potential of AI in authenticating history.

On the night of July 29-29, 2022, an explosion destroyed a building in a Russian-operated prison in Molodizhne, near Olenivka, in the Donetsk region. It housed Ukrainian prisoners, many of whom had fought in the siege of Mariupol. Somewhere between 53-62 were killed, with many more wounded. No sooner had the explosion made headlines than the Russian propaganda machine kicked in, obfuscating claims that the explosion was to cover-up the mass torture and murder being carried out there. Maryna Roshchyna and Tetiana Symon’s film draws on available testimonies and footage to piece together what took place and to locate the incident within the wider context of the conflict. It also highlights the essential work being carried out by the Ukraine War Archive, which is racing to record evidence of war crimes before it is erased.

Content Guidance: Work contains references to war

Panelists: Tetiana Symon (Co-Director - Witnesses. Captivity that Kills), Rita Burkovska (Co-Director - Witnesses. Captivity that Kills), Maria Tsypiashchuk (Ukraine War Archive), Maksym Demydenko (Ukraine War Archive) and Shane O'Sullivan (Associate Professor and Head of Department, Film and Photography)

Moderator: Aarif Abraham (Barrister, writer and speaker, specialised in International Criminal Law and Public International Law)

Supported by the UK/UA Creative Partnerships programme designed by the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute. The UK/UA Creative Partnerships programme aims to continue and strengthen the collaborations that have emerged between UK and Ukrainian cultural organisations as a result of or in parallel to the UK/Ukraine Cultural Season 2022-2023.

In this show

Film Intro
5 mins
Witnesses. Captivity that kills
46 mins
More Info
45 mins

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Archiving the Present: Witnesses. Captivity that kills + Conversation
Showroom - Warner Chappell Production Music Screen 4
English Subtitles Throughout
Q&A with director Tetiana Symon.

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