Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20004
Like many overseas conflicts, the recent unrest in Ukraine is an abstract thing to those not directly involved: grainy news footage and complex political references with little or no context. Maidan (shorthand for the city square and the movement it spawned), is a series of physically static camera shots that are anything but, as the thousands of nameless heroes of the protest against pro-Russian Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych that lasted from December 2013 to February 2014 stroll, sing, eat, sleep, and, eventually, fight against strict anti-protest laws and their well-armed enforcers. Thus the masses become the protagonist in a rigorous, vitally important film.