Reviews - Donbass
Reviewed By Roger Gook
The title of the film, Donbass, is the Eastern region of the Ukraine bordering Russia. Here there is a strong separatist movement, not supported by the majority of the population, but supported overtly and covertly by Russia. There has been conflict in the area for years and this film shows a number of true incidents, not directly connected with each other except by the absurdity of the situations.
It has been described as a dark comedy but we are not talking Dad's Army. Here the laughs are awkward, hard won and guilty. One reviewer said that if you are Ukrainian, be sure to have a friend with you so you can go for a drink afterwards. I would add that even if you are Cumbrian, remember that Donbass is not a foreign country, it is here and now. Here are two quotes for our own time of political turmoil:
Reality is a commodity, and its only value is in whether or not it can be sold to the masses.
When truth can no longer be used as a weapon, it must be replaced with something far more powerful and far more dangerous - lies.
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