Ukraine-Netherlands | 121 minutes | 2021
Babi Yar. Context
Southeast US Premiere
In the fall of 1941, German troops, assisted by the Nazi-directed Ukrainian Police and with little resistance from the local population, shot 33,771 Jewish people dead in the Babi Yar ravine in northwest Kiev. In his latest nonfiction masterwork, Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa (Donbass, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival) uses meticulously restored and brilliantly assembled archival footage and evocative sound design to investigate this horrifying historical episode, bringing the past into a palpable present. Winner of a Special Mention at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Babi Yar. Context chronicles with enthralling and extraordinary detail the frightening ease with which a people and a place can fall under totalitarian control. By placing these events into a broader context, Loznitsa amplifies the impact of the film’s chilling testimony, which will remain with the viewer for a long time afterwards, along with the words of Vasily Grossman as cited in the film: "In Ukraine there are no Jews. … Stillness. Silence. A people has been murdered." When memory turns into oblivion, when the past overshadows the future, it is the voice of cinema that articulates the truth.
Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Sergei Loznitsa and moderator Dr. Oren Stier, Professor of Religious Studies and director of the FIU Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program. To view the conversation please click here.
FIU Holocaust & Genocide Studies Program, Hillel at FIU, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
Golden Eye Award at the Cannes Film Festival
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa