|Producers:||Kitty Green, Michael Latham, Philippa Campey|
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7' / 2014 / Australia, Ukraine
English and spanish subtitled
Audience vote 5.66
Adorned in pink sequins, little girls from across a divided, war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of gold medal-winning figure skater Oksana Baiul, whose tears of joy once united their troubled country.
Sundance Film Festival: Jury Prize for Non-Fiction Short
Berlin Film Festival / True/False Film Festival (USA)
Australian-born Kitty Green graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Film and Television. Her narrative and experimental short filmshave screened at festivals across Australia and internationally.After graduating, Kitty directed, shot and edited behind-the-scenes documentaries before finding work at ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) on the weekly documentary series ‘Art Nation’ as an editor, camera operator and producer.
In 2012, Kitty spent over a year in her mother’s native Ukraine shooting with the provocative protest movement ‘Femen’. Her abduction by the KGB made headlines across the globe. Her independent feature documentary, ‘Ukraine Is Not A Brothel’ premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2013, was nominated for the Grierson Trust award at the London BFI Film Festival, screened at IDFA, Hot Docs, SXSW, AFI Docs and more than forty film festivals across the globe, including the Official Selection of DocumentaMadrid 2014. ‘Ukraine Is Not A Brothel’ has been nominated for the AACTA award for Best Feature Length Documentary.