Open Access| 1hr : 38mins
Director: Volodymyr Tykhyy, Dmytro Tiazelov, Jeanne Dovhych, Dmytro Konovalov, Serhyy Andrushko | Producer: Aksynia Kurina
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: Ukraine
The Open Access documentary is an anthology film made up of five separate short documentaries that take place after the Ukrainian Parliament approved the "Access to public information" law. Each of the documentaries follows the actions of one or several civil rights activists as they attempt to change their communities by invoking their new rights to access government information. The 'Mezhihirya' short follows the efforts of two well known Ukrainian reporters and their colleagues to film the presidential residence just outside the capital of Kyiv. Along the way they are met by resistance from national authorities unwilling to reveal what lies beyond its walls. The 'Afghan War Veteran' tells the story of how the war veteran copes with finding an apartment for himself and his family as he does his best to participate in his community. The 'House with Chimeras' centers around the abandoned building the middle of Kyiv that formally housed Murashko, a famous Ukrainian artist.