Renowned Ukrainian documentary filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa immerses himself in a nefarious chapter in his country’s history: the massacre of over 33,000 Ukrainian Jews by Nazi forces on the outskirts of Kiev, over two days in September 1941. The rare archival material unearthed, whether from amateur origin or propaganda sources, does not become an irrefutable proof of this event, for which we lack images. What we witness is the reconstruction of this collective tragedy through its context and reverberations, with the hope that memory does not fall into oblivion. (C. I.)
Sergei Loznitsa grew up in Kiev (Ukraine), and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1987-1991 Sergei worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in artificial intelligence research. He has been making films since 1996, and by now he has directed 22 award-winning documentaries and 4 fiction films.