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Help Us Support Ukraine

In this newsletter we…

  • Share different initiatives to help support Ukrainian Citizens facing this cruel war
  • Shares information on our next Open Meeting
  • You can also find the link to our membership platform so you can join the AREA network and take part in numerous activities supporting the Arts in Rural Areas in Europe.

Support Ukraine through Film Screenings

From Leif Persson


At the last open meeting, we met with Nataliie Movshovych, Head of Film at the Ukrainian Institute and we discussed presenting Ukrainian films whilst also fundraising for humanitarian support in Ukraine.

Nataliie Movshovych sent us a list of different relevant movies which could be used for such purposes, from which we have selected 5. If you chose to use one of the movies, please be sure to get in touch with the local distributor and clear your rights for showing the movie in public.


-  Klondike (2022) by Maryna Er Gorbach, a freshly made film that focuses on the story of a local Ukrainian family trapped at the epicenter of the crash of MH17. In 2022 it won Directing Award at Sundance (World Cinema - Dramatic) and two awards of Berlinale Panorama.

- Terykony (2022) by Taras Tomenko, premiered at Berlinale Generation Kplus,the  film documents the life of the children who live in the war zone in the eastern Ukraine.

- Stop-Zemlia (2021) by Kateryna Gornostai, heartfelt coming out of age story, Crystal Bear for the Best Film in the Generation 14 plus competition at Berlinale, literally the film of the year in Ukraine in 2021. 

-Roses. Film-cabaret (2021) by Iryna Stetsenko, a musical documentary following the seven female artists of the intellectual freak cabaret ‘Dakh Daughters Band’. The story unfolds from the Revolution of Dignity in 2013.

- This Rain Will Never Stop (2020) by Alina Gorlova, First Appearance Award at IDFA. Visually powerful documentary about young half Kurdish-half Ukrainian man who fled the civil war in Syria only to find himself in the middle of another war in Ukraine.

Leif has also been in touch with the director Dmytro Moiseiev, who has made two different movies that could also be suitable for a fundraising event. They are Such Beautiful People and Chrysanthemums Time. To get hold of these movies, please get in touch with Leif Persson on, who will share the contact information for rights holders and file distribution.

Host residencies for artists in need

ARTISTS at RISK is a non-profit organization at the intersection of human rights and the arts. ARTISTS at RISK is dedicated to supporting persecuted art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at AR-Residences and curating related projects, including the AR Pavilion.

In coordination with partners and other networks, ARTISTS at RISK are building a horizontal network of AR-Safe Havens around the world, as a global advocate for art practitioners at risk.

If you know any artists this could be relevant for, or want to host a residency, go to to find out how to help.

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Following our discussion about
Ukraine during the Open Meeting:

Chris Torch shared:

"Ukraine's secret weapon may prove to be civilian resistance. Predictably, much of the Western press has focused on Ukrainian diplomatic or military resistance to Russia's invasion, such as the arming of regular citizens to patrol and protect. These forces have already proven stronger than Russian President Vladimir Putin has expected and are disrupting his plans with great courage."

Inge Agnete Tarpgaard shared:

"The Danish Cultural minister invited art institutions and organisations to talk about how the arts can connect with Ukrainian refugees. A constructive meeting which focussed on how children can be engaged with the non-verbal arts, performance art, dance and puppet theatre ..."

Henk Keizer shared:

"I have told Artists at Risk that we are interested in having Ukrainian (and dissident Belarus and Russian) artists in residence. I talked with two municipalities and one fund: they said that they would support Kunstneren Taet På when we request for support. I have also explained that there might be AREA members who could give (a minimum of three month) residency to Ukrainian artists. I will let you know how Artists at Risk respond."

Next Open Meeting:

Tuesday April 12th at 11 AM CET

Online Sessions

The Open Meetings are organized monthly and open to all members and non-members. They introduce the network to new comers as well as act as a platform to present new ideas, organisations and personalities of interest to the network. Leif Persson and Henk Kaiser coordinate and animate the meetings.

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