Whilst travelling in my grandmother’s native Ukraine, I filmed my first FEMEN protest in the Maydan in Kiev.
I came across a discarded tabloid newspaper article about FEMEN on the floor of a Melbourne train.
The photograph featured a scantily-clad blonde girl holding a sign that read, “Ukraine Is Not A Brothel.” I was fascinated by the contradictory nature of the image.
Following “The Women of Sundance” article in our print and online additions, Danielle Lurie continues her coverage of female filmmakers with a series of pieces highlighting women directors at SXSW. Green: is a feature documentary about the topless Ukrainian feminist movement FEMEN.
In this email interview, she talks with the director of the SXGlobal documentary, Ukraine is Not a Brothel, Kitty Green. The film follows these “titillating” activists as they wage a war against patriarchy in a corrupt and poverty-stricken Ukraine.
On-screen Alicia is at once steely and fragile, world-weary and childlike.
At times she suggests a less mischievous Anna Karina, Godard’s muse, but mostly she resembles no one at all.
While he was travelling above the speed limit the driver admitted to police in interview that he had not seen David, nor a car behind the motorcycle, prior to the collision.
She said: "I want to be involved in this campaign because I feel something positive can come out of his loss.
This hasn’t been an easy thing to do but I just hope that somebody benefits from the warning; that people slow down and take time to look for bikes.
I’m not a perfect driver, I’ve done silly things sometimes and I’ve been lucky to get away with them, David wasn’t lucky, the driver wasn’t lucky.” Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Policing Unit, said the video was hard-hitting and understood public opinion would be divided.
He said: "The video is shocking; however this is the reality of fatal collisions.