DIY Country + Q&A With Director
Right Now Film Festival
Thu 01 Jan 1970
Dir. Antony Butts, France, 90 mins, 2015, subtitled.
This brave and human documentary explores the pro Russian separatists movement straight from the front line over a 2-year period. A HotDocs favourite, DIY Country captures the origins and evolution of the Donetsk Peoples Republic in East Ukraine from hopeful and naive beginnings, to hate, destruction and infighting. In the first part we follow the sinister and at times comical mechanics of how our heroes make a revolution that will immediately eat them up. In the second part we will see them trying to find a role to play in the new State, as power is once again taken away from the people.
Professor David Lewis will be joining the Studio 74 audience and will lead a Skype Q&A session with the film’s director, Antony Butts.
Professor David Lewis has been a senior lecture Post-Soviet Studies at University of Exeter since 2013. With a broad range of research interests in international security and conflict studies, and an additional strand of research focusing on the politics of authoritarian states he teaches modules on post-Soviet politics and on the role of ‘Rising Powers’ in peace, conflict and security. David is also convenor of the MA in Conflict, Security and Development.