You Destroy. We Create. The War on Ukraine's Culture

Germany2022documentary25'VR at KFF

What happens when museums can no longer show their collections, instead need to hide them? What does it mean to be a street artist when your city is being bombed? What does it take to be a musician when your country is under attack? “You Destroy. We Create” takes you on a 25-minute immersive journey through the war-torn country, where artists and professionals from the cultural sphere are busy protecting, rebuilding and creating art. Since the start of the war, civilian deaths have mounted to over 6,000 and over 7 million have fled the country. Another major casualty of the war has been art & culture. According to UNESCO, by November 2022, over 200 sites of cultural significance have been damaged across the country. “You Destroy. We Create”, a topical journalistic piece uses a combination of 360°/180° stereo videos, drone footage, photogrammetry scans and CG animations to bring you an emotionally engaging, urgent human story.

directed by
Q&A guest, portret reżysera
Felix Gaedtke

A multi-award winning immersive creator and co-founder of the storytelling studio NowHere Media. Through his works, he carves spaces for under-represented voices in mainstream discourses. Felix’s passion to convey different realities across the world has led him to working with VR and AR technologies. His recent work 'Kusunda' is co-created with the eponymous indigenous group in Nepal and highlights their fight for language reclamation. It won the prestigious Storyscapes Award at Tribeca Film Festival. He is a Sundance New Frontier alumnus and has been awarded the ‘Best Use of Immersive Arts’ at SXSW as well as the Lumiere Award for ‘Best VR documentary’ among other accolades. Felix’s immersive pieces have been exhibited at the Venice International Film Festival, SXSW, Cannes XR, the United Nations, HotDocs, as well at the ZKM and beyond. His ongoing 360 documentary about culture during the war in Ukraine is currently in post-production.

Q&A guest, portret reżysera
Gayatri Parameswaran

A multi-award winning writer, director and producer of immersive works. She grew up in India and is currently based in Berlin, where she co-founded NowHere Media -- a storytelling studio that views contemporary issues through a critical lens. Gayatri works at the intersection of storytelling, technology and social change. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, IDFA, Festival de Cannes, United Nations and beyond. She is a Sundance New Frontier alumnus, has won the Tribeca Storyscapes Award for Best Immersive, SXSW Best Use of Immersive Arts and the Lumiere Award for Best VR documentary among other accolades. Gayatri is a guest lecturer at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft (HMKW) Berlin, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and Züricher Hochschule der Kunst (ZHdK). She is an Erasmus Mundus scholar in War & Conflict Reporting and an alumnus of the German Chancellor Fellowship.

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