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Babi Yar. Context Unclassified 18+

Language: Russian with English subtitles
Genre: Documentary Themes: Auteur, Cannes, Historical, War

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Viewer advice: Contains archival footage of distressing scenes


The perpetration and subsequent cover-up of one of the 20th century’s worst mass murders are examined in detail in Sergei Loznitsa’s remarkable archival collage.

In late September 1941, in Nazi-occupied Ukraine, tens of thousands of Jews were murdered in open air in one of the Holocaust’s largest single atrocities, with their bodies buried in Kiev’s Babi Yar ravine. Following the war, attempts to commemorate the massacre were suppressed by the Soviet leadership, who instead directed that the mass gravesite be used an industrial waste dump. However, this strategy backfired tragically when, 20 years later, the collapse of a nearby dam caused a mudslide at the ravine, leading to the further deaths of over a thousand people.

In his seventh film to screen as part of Cannes’ official selection, the prolific Loznitsa (State Funeral, MIFF 2020; The Trial, MIFF 2019) assembles extraordinary footage of the city during WWII, witness testimonies of the massacre, the trials of its perpetrators and the aftermath of the 1961 disaster. A work that, in the director’s own words, will “plunge the spectator in the atmosphere of the time”, Babi Yar. Context is a devastating document of human cruelty and the cost of concealing the past.

“A fascinating and quietly devastating chronicle of invasion, occupation and slaughter.” – Screen Daily

In Cinema

Sat 07 Aug 3:30 pm [15091]
ACMI 2
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sun 15 Aug 6:30 pm [17531]
Kino 2
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles Subtitles
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Featured Subject
Holocaust
Director
Sergei Loznitsa
Producers
Maria Choustova, Sergei Loznitsa
Screenwriter
Sergei Loznitsa
Editors
Danielius Kokanauskis, Sergei Loznitsa, Tomasz Wolski
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital

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