“DONETSK – SPLINTERING CITY. Founded by the Welsh capitalist John Hughes, the city’s frequent changes of name – Hughesovka, Trotskya, Stalino, Donetsk – give some indication of its troubled history. Colin Thomas filmed there when it was still part of the Soviet Union, again when it became part of Ukraine and he returned once more in 2008 when its unease with Ukrainian nationalism was beginning to emerge. His book/DVD on the subject -“Dreaming a City” – is published by Y Lolfa. To include extracts from documentaries he shot in the city.
Mike Levine will talk on the history of Ukraine, the peasants, and the civil war (1917-1921)
Mark Batterham will be relaying personal accounts and analyses from Moldovan migrants living and working in the Odessa region where over 50 residents were burnt to death in a trade union centre by Ukrainian ultra nationalists earlier this month.