Fortress Mariupol. Orest
Director: Yuliia Hontaruk
Country: Ukraine
Year of production: 2022
Duration: 18 min
  • Human rights
  • Right to human dignity
  • Students
  • Lawyers
  • Teachers
  • Employees of penitentiary system
  • Institutions of the state penitentiary system of Ukraine
  • Journalists
  • Government officials
  • Activists / NGOs
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Fortress Mariupol is a cycle of short films based on video calls to the soldiers who were surrounded by the Russian army in Mariupol at the Azovstal plant. From the beginning of the siege of Azovstal the director had conversations with soldiers of the Azov Regiment, revealing their portraits.

This film is dedicated to Dmytro Kozatsky with the call sign “Orest”. Orest is a former liaison officer and head of the Azov Regiment’s press service in Mariupol. Orest has been covering the world situation in Mariupol and at Azovstal since the beginning of the Russian invasion. There he was captured by the Russians. When the film had already been released, after four months in captivity, Dmytro was returned home during a prisoner exchange.
Yuliia Hontaruk
Yuliia Hontaruk is a Ukrainian director of documentaries and feature films. Co-founder of Babylon'13 — an association of independent filmmakers formed at the beginning of the Revolution of Dignity. She studied film direction at the Kyiv National University of Theater, Cinema and Television named after I. K. Karpenko-Kary, at the workshop of Mykhailo Pavlov. Since 2013, Yuliia has been a member of the National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine. In 2015, she was nominated for the Shevchenko Award in the field of cinematography. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy.
Heavenly Hundred (2014), Stronger than Arms (2014), Ten seconds (2016), Iron Hundred (2019), Fortress Mariupol short films cycle (2022)
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