Sometimes standing behind a cause takes as much courage as dying for it.
POWER. DIGNITY. STRENGTH. HOPE.
Women of Maidan tells the story of the women's life-supporting force, unity, courage and sacrifice during the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity.
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On November, 2013, students peacefully gathered on Maidan Square in Kyiv, Ukraine. Through joyful singing they celebrated their common goal of an economic treaty to bring Ukraine closer to the European Union. Peaceful demonstration came to an end when government special police forces broke into the square and beat the student demonstrators.
Women courageously filled the streets, energized the nation, and sustained the protestors for over two months. The women became the heart of this spontaneous revolution, now known as “The Revolution of Dignity.”
These Women of Maidan join history’s female revolutionaries who selflessly sustained political movements by providing love, nourishment, and care during desperate times. The Women’s March on Versailles, Soldaderas of the Mexican Revolution, Igbo women in Nigeria, the White Rose Movement against the Nazis, and Egyptian women during the Arab Spring, all brought unseen power that defeated oppressive political systems.
Maidan is a call for women to awaken, to see the power in their collective wisdom and strength: a power strong enough to overcome oppression from any ruthless regime. May the sacrifices and achievements of the Women of Maidan inspire us to build a new world providing dignity and prosperity for all.
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...With some extraordinary spirited older women and a lot of youthful energy, the relentless, bleak winter, the nonviolent resistance against brutal government forces, the musical pleas for peace, and people's unconditional ability to bond and endure are palpable. This is Occupy Wall Street on steroids.
– Ben F. Fischer
Women of Maidan touched our hearts and we are positive they touched your heart as well. Please share with us what resonated with you the most.
Words cannot adequately express the feelings evoked by your film "Women of Maidan". Although the internet, and some books, gave us a sense of the Maidan, your film provided the unique perspective of the brave women involved. The film was such an intimate portrait of those wonderful souls, that it makes the viewer feel like a participant - holding ones breath in fear or cheering them on.
–Pearl Bartkiw, November 7, 2016
A REVOLUTION OF DIGNITY
WOMEN OF MAIDAN: WHAT THEY DID...
The Women of Maidan spawned many initiatives during the Revolution of Dignity (2013- 2014). At the start of the revolution, women spontaneously responded to the needs of the protestors, but within weeks they started organizing themselves into different initiatives...
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At the beginning of 2017 we are launched Women of Maidan, a community-based screenings campaign. You can become a part of it and host a screening in your community, place of worship, in your organization or campus and have a discussion/presentation afterwards about the issues raised by the film. In many cases, you can also invite the filmmakers to attend your event.