Like many overseas conflicts, the recent unrest in Ukraine is an abstract thing to those not directly involved: grainy news footage and complex political references with little or no context. Maidan (shorthand for the city square and the movement it spawned), is a series of physically static camera shots that are anything but, as the thousands of nameless heroes of the protest against pro-Russian Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych that lasted from December 2013 to February 2014 stroll, sing, eat, sleep, and, eventually, fight against strict anti-protest laws and their well-armed enforcers. Thus the masses become the protagonist in a rigorous, vitally important film.

maidan2The 29th annual Washington, DC International Film Festival focuses on relationships, character depth, and story. It is an opportunity to explore and discover. It is an adventure, and we invite you to enjoy the festival and all of its pleasures.

Filmfest DC is an 11-day annual festival presenting more than 60 feature premieres, restored classics and special events to the general public. The majority of Filmfest DC presentations are Washington, DC premieres. The festival brings the finest in contemporary world cinema to the nation’s capital and has introduced over 1,000 feature and short films from over 55 countries to an ever-growing audience.

The festival is a District-wide event, bringing together the city’s film community in a spirit of cooperation and celebration. It is one of the longest running major cultural events in Washington, DC and credited with thought-provoking, insightful and entertaining programming. The Filmfest DC community includes the University of the District of Columbia, The National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Washington Film Society, Landmark’s E Street Cinema, Goethe-Institut Washington, and Embassy of France.

For further information and tickets reservation please visit the Filmfest DC website.

Maidan will also screen on Saturday, April 25 at 3:30pm at the Landmark E Street Cinema