Worldwide Screening of "Maidan" and "Donbass" by Sergei Loznitsa on 9 May 2022 - Europe Day

Worldwide Screening of "Maidan" and "Donbass" by Sergei Loznitsa on 9 May 2022 - Europe Day

(c) Markus Hayn

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please find below our appeal for a worldwide screening of the films »Maidan« and »Donbass« by Sergei Loznitsa, which is supported by Homero Aridjis [Mexico], Elfriede Jelinek [Austria], Rita Dove and Richard Ford [USA], Milton Hatoum [Brazil], Ian McEwan   [UK], Ahmed Rashid [Pakistan], Sjón [Iceland] and many others [see below].

Warm regards,

Ulrich Schreiber
Festival Director

The international literature festival berlin [ilb] calls upon cinemas, schools, universities, media, cultural institutions and private persons to join Worldwide Screenings of Sergei Loznitsa's films »Maidan« and »Donbass« on May 9, 2022 – Europe Day.

»Maidan« captures the events and speeches of the people who protested in Kyiv in the winter of 2013/ 2014 against the government of former President Viktor Yanukovych. It reconstructs the development from peaceful rallies to bloody street battles between activists and the police up to Yanukovych's escape to Russia in February 2014. It was the birth of the new Ukraine, which is now threatened in its existence by Russia's criminal war. »Donbass« shows a country at war, pulverised between informal power structures, corruption and fake news. For this film, Loznitsa received the section prize for Best Director at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

We also support the director in his dispute with the Ukrainian Film Institute, which expelled him a week ago for confirming his participation in a film festival in Nantes, which features include Russian directors, such as Kirill Serebrennikov. We believe that the Ukrainian Film Institute's actions run against the Ukrainian struggle for freedom and call for a reversal of this decision to exclude Sergei Loznitsa. A general boycott of Russian directors and Russian art is neither in the interest of Ukraine nor in the interest of freedom of expression and tolerance as we want to live it in our democracies. Our cause can only be about boycotting the Putin-loyal lackeys of the art and culture scene. Not only in Russia – worldwide!

With the worldwide screening of the films by Sergei Loznitsa, we want to commemorate the Ukrainian struggle for democracy and freedom in 2013 and 2014, and point out that war has long since become an everyday occurrence in eastern Ukraine. About 15,000 people have died in the clashes so far. With our action we want to underline our sympathy and solidarity with the people living in Ukraine – as well as the sharp protest against Putin's dictatorship.

We call for participation in the worldwide film screenings of »Maidan« and »Donbass«. This can be done privately, in cinemas, cultural centres, theatres or schools. The license for the screening rights needs to be obtained individually from the distributor. We gladly provide you with information on how this can be done – don’t hesitate to contact us.

Institutions and individuals who would like to participate with a screening on May 9, 2022, are asked to send us the following information by April 25, 2022: Names of the  organisers, venue, time, participating actors, event language, link to your website if applicable (worldwidescreening@literaturfestival.com). The ilb will announce the events on its website, press and on social media.


Signed by

Ghayath Almadhoun, Palestine/ Sweden
Steven Appleby, UK
Homero Aridjis, Mexico
Betty Aridjis, Mexico
Ricardo Azevedo, Brazil
Güner Yasemin Balci, Germany
Zsófia Bán, Hungary
Anneke Brassinga, Netherlands
Stefanie Bröring, Germany
Zaza Burchuladze, Georgia
John Burnside, Scottland
Yiorgos Chouliaras, Greece
Jennifer Clement, USA/ Mexico
Isabel Fargo Cole, USA
J.P. Cuenca, Brazil
Radka Denemarková, Czech Republic
Hemant Divate, India
Elvira Dones, Albania/ Switzerland/ USA
Rita Dove, USA
György Dragomán, Hungary
Louise Dupré, Canada
Catalin Dorian Florescu, Romania
Filip Florian, Romania
Carolyn Forche, USA
Richard Ford, USA
Andreas Fulda, Germany
Uwe-Michael Gutzschhahn, Germany
Robert L. Hass, USA
Milton Hatoum, Brazil
Alban Nikolai Herbst, Germany
J.K. Ihalainen, Finland
Hendrik Jackson, Germany
Elfriede Jelinek, Austria
Lídia Jorge, Portugal
Pierre Joris, Luxembourg
Peter Stephan Jungk, USA/ France
Maren Kames, Germany
Gerd Koenen, Germany
Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk, Germany
Joseph Kruse, Germany
Afrizal Malna, Indonesia
Ian McEwan, UK
Hala Mohammad, Syria
Adolf Muschg, Switzerland
Franz Maria Orghandl, Austria
Sharon Dodua Otoo, UK/ Germany
Michael Palmer, USA
Felix Pestemer, Germany
Elena Poniatowska Amor, Mexico
Ahmed Rashid, Pakistan
Davide Reviati, Italy
Willem M. Roggeman, Belgium
Baraka Sakin, Sudan
Karl Schlögel, Germany
Eduardo Sguiglia, Argentina
Tahima Shinji, Japan
Sjón, Iceland
Catarina Sobral, Portugal
Piotr Sommer, Poland
Chris Song, China
Volker Stanzel, Germany
Stephanos Stephanides, Cyprus
Johano Strasser, Germany
Rick Stroud, USA/ UK
Annika Thor, Sweden
Thé Tjong-Khing, Netherlands/ Indonesia
Christian Tomuschat, Germany
Mark Tredinnick, Australia
Fariba Vafi, Iran
Axel Vega Castilleo, Mexico
Haris Vlavianos, Greece
Suzanne Vogdt, Germany
Levin Westermann, Germany
Stéfan Ludmilla Wieszner, Germany/ France
Ron Winkler, Germany
Alexis Wright, Australia