Zamotka – zine presentation

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Zamotka
Publication launch by Freefilmers + DJ set (Anna Khvyl): 22 March, 6pm-late
Installation open by appointment 22 March-21 April
South Explorer opening hours: 19/20/21 March, 12-5pm
WET, Hillevliet 90, Rotterdam (3rd floor – please see below for access info)

WET are proud to host a presentation by Freefilmers of their Zamotka zine.

Zamotka was popularised by Mariupol’s underground creative scene in 2017-2018. It is made by spreading hummus on lavash flatbread and adding toppings of your liking. Since recently, it also is a zine that explores grassroots food practices, communal dining, food related trauma caused by the war and its social and personal dimensions in the context of Mariupol’s devastation. To honour this legendary wrap and personal memories of the city, Freefilmers have compiled a series of visual and textual contributions in Zamotka – a self-published zine available in WET during the event. All the proceeds from the sales will support Freefilmers’ ongoing activities.

Contributors Valentina Petrova and Natasha Tseliuba will be in Rotterdam for the presentation; a series of moments of eating, reading, video calls, music and communality will unfold throughout the evening.

Freefilmers is a non-governmental organisation, a cinemovement, and a union of like-minded filmmakers. The main focus of their films are human life, struggle for equality, and freedom. The organisation promotes independent filmmaking in Ukraine, especially in its eastern part, and works towards the decentralisation of cultural processes.

From the beginning of the full scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Freefilmers have combined filmmaking with humanitarian aid work. Some members decided to join the army in order to directly defend their homes and loved ones. Others bring aid to the most vulnerable communities, including underground artists, queer activists, neurodivergent people, rural and Roma communities.

 

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