24th ilb
5 – 14 Sep 2024 Program
9 – 18 Sep 2024 Young Program

09.05.2022 Worldwide Screening: »MAIDAN« and »Donbass« by Sergei Loznitsa

The international literature festival berlin [ilb] invites individuals, schools, universities, the media, and cultural institutions to participate in a Worldwide Screening of »Maidan« by Sergei Loznitsa on May 9, 2022 – Europe Day. Screenings can be held privately in a cinema, in a cultural center, a theatre, or at your school.


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Please find below our appeal for a worldwide screening of the films »Maidan« and »Donbass« by Sergei Loznitsa, which is supported by Homero Aridjis [Mexico], Elfriede Jelinek [Austria], Rita Dove and Richard Ford [USA], Milton Hatoum [Brazil], Ian McEwan  [UK], Ahmed Rashid [Pakistan], Sjón [Iceland] and many others [see below].
Warm regards,
Ulrich Schreiber
Festival Director

The international literature festival berlin [ilb] calls upon cinemas, schools, universities, media, cultural institutions and private persons to join Worldwide Screenings of Sergei Loznitsa’s films »Maidan« and »Donbass« on May 9, 2022 – Europe Day.

»Maidan« captures the events and speeches of the people who protested in Kyiv in the winter of 2013/ 2014 against the government of former President Viktor Yanukovych. It reconstructs the development from peaceful rallies to bloody street battles between activists and the police up to Yanukovych’s escape to Russia in February 2014. It was the birth of the new Ukraine, which is now threatened in its existence by Russia’s criminal war. »Donbass« shows a country at war, pulverised between informal power structures, corruption and fake news. For this film, Loznitsa received the section prize for Best Director at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

We also support the director in his dispute with the Ukrainian Film Institute, which expelled him a week ago for confirming his participation in a film festival in Nantes, which features Russian directors, such as Kirill Serebrennikov. We believe that the Ukrainian Film Institute’s actions run against the Ukrainian struggle for freedom and call for a reversal of this decision to exclude Sergei Loznitsa. A general boycott of Russian directors and Russian art is neither in the interest of Ukraine nor in the interest of freedom of expression and tolerance as we want to live it in our democracies. Our cause can only be about boycotting the Putin-loyal lackeys of the art and culture scene. Not only in Russia, but worldwide!

With the worldwide screening of the films by Sergei Loznitsa, we want to commemorate the Ukrainian struggle for democracy and freedom in 2013 and 2014, and point out that war has long since become an everyday occurrence in eastern Ukraine. About 15,000 people have died in the clashes so far. With our action we want to underline our sympathy and solidarity with the people living in Ukraine – as well as the sharp protest against Putin’s dictatorship.

We call for participation in the worldwide film screenings of »Maidan« and »Donbass«. This can be done privately, in cinemas, cultural centres, theatres or schools. The license for the screening rights needs to be obtained individually from the distributor. We gladly provide you with information on how this can be done – don’t hesitate to contact us.

Institutions and individuals who would like to participate with a screening on May 9, 2022, are asked to send us the following information by April 25, 2022: Names of the  organisers, venue, time, participating actors, event language, link to your website if applicable (worldwidescreening@literaturfestival.com). The ilb will announce the events on its website, press and on social media.



Lichtblick-Kino Berlin
Kastanienallee 77, 10435 Berlin

PalaisPopulaire Berlin
Unter den Linden 5, 10117 Berlin
12:00 Maidan (Ukr, Engl), 3:00 pm Donbass (Russ, Ukr, Engl)
More information can be found here.

Forschungsstelle Osteuropa an der Universität Bremen und Programmkino City 46 Bremen

Kommunales Kino Freiburg e.V.
Urachstr. 40, 79102 Freiburg19:30 pm Maidan and DonbassIn the original with subtitlesMore Information can be found here.

Alten Wannenbad im Kulturhaus Häselburg Gera
Burgstraße 12, 07545 Gera7:00 pm Donbass
In the original with subtitles
Afterwards there will be a discussion with Ukrainian activists.

Freie Akademie der Künste Hamburg
Klosterwall 23  –  20095 Hamburg
5:30 pm Donbass , 8:00 pm Maidan
Admission is free, we ask for donations in favor of Ukraine Aid.
You can find more information here.

JoLA, Kulturhaus Süderelbe e.V.
Am Johannisland 2, 21147 Hamburg
7:30 pm Maidan
In the original with subtitles
Admission on a donation basis.

More Information can be found here.

Kino Koki Lübeck
Mengstr. 35, 23552 Lübeck
7.5.2022, 3:30 pm Maidan, 8.5.2022, 3:30 pm Donbass
More Information can be found here.

Ulme35, Interkulturanstalten Westend e.V.
Ulmenallee 35, 14050 Berlin 7:00 pm Maidan Original with German subtitles Admission is free More Information can be found here.

(p)ostkartell. verein für angewandte kulturforschung e.V.
fux Lichtspiele, Bodenstedtstr. 16, 22765 Hamburg 8:00 pm Donbass
In the original with subtitles.

Ortsgruppe von Amnesty International aus Kirchheim unter Teck
Kino Central-Lichtspiele, Dreikönigstraße 15, 73230 Kirchheim unter Teck 8:30 pm Donbass
In the original with subtitles.

Koeppenhaus Literaturzentrum Vorpommern
Bahnhofstr. 4, 17489 Greifswald 8:00 pm Maidan

Admission is free. 


Friends of Tibet Foundation


Kino Iuzjon
Ludwika Narbutta 50A, 02-541 Warsaw
8:30 pm Maidan
Original with Polish subtitles.

Signed by

  • Ghayath Almadhoun, Palestine/ Sweden
  • Steven Appleby, UK
  • Homero Aridjis, Mexico
  • Betty Aridjis, Mexico
  • Güner Yasemin Balci, Germany
  • Zsófia Bán, Hungary
  • Anneke Brassinga, Netherlands
  • Stefanie Bröring, Germany
  • Zaza Burchuladze, Georgia
  • John Burnside, Scottland
  • Yiorgos Chouliaras, Greece
  • Jennifer Clement, USA/ Mexico
  • Isabel Fargo Cole, USA
  • J.P. Cuenca, Brazil
  • Radka Denemarková, Czech Republic
  • Hemant Divate, India
  • Elvira Dones, Albania/ Switzerland/ USA
  • Rita Dove, USA
  • György Dragomán, Hungary
  • Louise Dupré, Canada
  • Catalin Dorian Florescu, Romania
  • Filip Florian, Romania
  • Carolyn Forche, USA
  • Richard Ford, USA
  • Andreas Fulda, Germany
  • Uwe-Michael Gutzschhahn, Germany
  • Robert L. Hass, USA
  • Milton Hatoum, Brazil
  • Alban Nikolai Herbst, Germany
  • J.K. Ihalainen, Finland
  • Hendrik Jackson, Germany
  • Elfriede Jelinek, Austria
  • Lídia Jorge, Portugal
  • Pierre Joris, Luxembourg
  • Peter Stephan Jungk, USA/ France
  • Maren Kames, Germany
  • Gerd Koenen, Germany
  • Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk, Germany
  • Joseph Kruse, Germany
  • Afrizal Malna, Indonesia
  • Ian McEwan, UK
  • Hala Mohammad, Syria
  • Adolf Muschg, Switzerland
  • Franz Maria Orghandl, Austria
  • Sharon Dodua Otoo, UK/ Germany
  • Michael Palmer, USA
  • Felix Pestemer, Germany
  • Ahmed Rashid, Pakistan
  • Davide Reviati, Italy
  • Willem M. Roggeman, Belgium
  • Baraka Sakin, Sudan
  • Karl Schlögel, Germany
  • Eduardo Sguiglia, Argentina
  • Tahima Shinji, Japan
  • Sjón, Iceland
  • Catarina Sobral, Portugal
  • Piotr Sommer, Poland
  • Chris Song, China
  • Volker Stanzel, Germany
  • Stephanos Stephanides, Cyprus
  • Johano Strasser, Germany
  • Rick Stroud, USA/ UK
  • Annika Thor, Sweden
  • Thé Tjong-Khing, Netherlands/ Indonesia
  • Christian Tomuschat, Germany
  • Mark Tredinnick, Australia
  • Fariba Vafi, Iran
  • Haris Vlavianos, Greece
  • Suzanne Vogdt, Germany
  • Levin Westermann, Germany
  • Stéfan Ludmilla Wieszner, Germany/ France
  • Ron Winkler, Germany
  • Alexis Wright, Australia