On June 13 2016, STB TV-channel and Fokus weekly launched a special project, Dissidents, about the persecution of people who stick to ‘another’ point of view. It consists of a social ad and editorial columns of people who have themselves experienced the state oppression for ‘ideological errors’.
Dissidents social ad was produced by STB featuring Stepan Khmara, Larysa Kadochnykova and Valerii Serhieiev, who share their memories about the life in the Soviet Union, where every ‘nonconforming’ word was persecuted. The video is available for watching here https://youtu.be/vIEA8FnM0Zs
“We could not but respond to the recent initiatives of legislators and officials. It is impossible to avoid associating them with an experience Ukraine has already been through a few decades ago. The world recreated in the ad is causing rejection, nobody wants to get there. And we hope that our newly self-acknowledged country won’t come to this, and this video will not become prophetic,” — says the producer, Ksenia Buhrimova
Special thanks for the help in the shooting to historian Yaroslav Faizulin, Vasyl Ovsiienko’s Archives, Central SBU Archive, H. S. Pshenychnyi Central State CinePhotoPhono Archives of Ukraine, Museum of The Sixties Movement.