Date: Monday, December 14, 2015
Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
Details: 2015, USA, 97 min
Filmmakers: Steve Hoover (Director), Danny Yourd (Producer)
Golden Rock Award Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 Little Rock Film Festival, Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival, Official Selection of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and IDFA 2015.
Director Steve Hoover will attend in person for Q&A with Paul Turano, filmmaker and Assistant Professor at Emerson College.
Synopsis: “After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine’s social and political institutions faced massive change, including an increasingly corrupt government and crippled infrastructure. A number of the nation’s youth wound up homeless and addicted to a lethal cocktail of injected cold medicine and alcohol. In the early 2000s a pastor from Mariupol named Gennadiy Mokhnenko took up the fight against child homelessness by forcibly abducting street kids and bringing them to his Pilgrim Republic rehabilitation center—the largest organization of its kind in the former Soviet Union. Gennadiy’s ongoing efforts and unabashedly tough love approach to his city’s problems has made him a folk hero for some, and a lawless vigilante to others. Despite criticism, Gennadiy is determined to continue his work. Using gripping footage that follows the self-appointed savior’s mission over the course of fifteen years, interspersing imagery from a popular Soviet animated TV show, Crocodile Gennadiy is a bold and captivating portrait of a man fighting to change Ukraine for the better, as its place in a tense political landscape hangs in the balance.”
—Ian Hollander / Tribeca Film Festival
The DocYard will present a short documentary from the award-winning PBS series, FRONTLINE, prior to this feature screening. FRONTLINE has served as American public television’s flagship public affairs series since 1983. Described by The Atlantic as “the best news program on television,” the series has built a reputation for powerful investigative storytelling that tackles the tough, controversial and complex stories that shape our times. More than 180 FRONTLINE documentaries are streaming in full, for free, online.
Tonight’s featured short film is SOUNDS OF SOLITARY.
Description: Think it’s the isolation that drives some solitary confinement prisoners crazy? It might actually be the intense noise. With extraordinary access, FRONTLINE brings you inside a maximum security solitary confinement unit in Maine.
Written and Directed by DAN EDGE
Produced by DAN EDGE, ELIZABETH C. JONES, LAUREN MUCCIOLO