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Yellow Van Stories is an interview podcast hosted by the photographer and filmmaker Bastian Fischer. He speaks to creatives across the globe exploring the value of culture in times of crisis and how it has the power to bring us closer together. Fonsi departs every Thursday at 21.00 CET. Come on the road with us! Find out more on www.yellowvanstories.com

Yellow Van Stories Bastian Fischer

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Yellow Van Stories is an interview podcast hosted by the photographer and filmmaker Bastian Fischer. He speaks to creatives across the globe exploring the value of culture in times of crisis and how it has the power to bring us closer together. Fonsi departs every Thursday at 21.00 CET. Come on the road with us! Find out more on www.yellowvanstories.com

    Nick Torzhevskyi "Ukraine Rebirth"

    Nick Torzhevskyi "Ukraine Rebirth"

    Nick Torzhevsky is a film director and producer from Kyiv with over 10 years of experience directing and producing broadcast TV series, commercials, and feature films.
    Nick's latest project, Ukraine Rebirth, is putting a focus on the rebuilding of Ukraine after the war - something that struck me as extraordinary as the war is still raging on without an end in sight. On the website of Ukraine Rebirth, the project is introduced as follows:
    "Our main message within the series, as seen from the title, is to show rebirth. Everyone has fallen, and it takes heart and strength to get up and keep going. Ukraine is very strong, and now this is noticed by the whole world. Ukrainians are brave, fierce, united and valiant, but also kind, passionate, full of love and hope. In the face of the enemy, we don’t just prepare for the last stand, we prepare to win and then to rebuild our country, to rise from the ashes, better and stronger than before.We want to capture this spirit which helps Ukrainians keep going and to share it with the world, so that this hope and passion will blossom in the hearts of every viewer around the globe."
    How exactly the idea for the project was born and how Nick is feeding his seemingly inexhaustible optimism is something we will be discussing in today's show. And, as always, a lot more.
    SHOW NOTES
    Find Nick Here
    Ukraine Rebirth
    Instagram
    Facebook

    Ukraine Rebirth Collaborators
    LGBTQI+ Story
    Stanislav Morozov (director)
    Stanislav Medvedev (screenwriter)
    Olexiy Gladushevskyi (creative producer)
    Evgeniy Usanov (director of photography)

    Kyiv Story
    Nataliya Torzhevska (screenwriter)
    Stanislav Savchenko (director of photography)

    Cherson Story
    Julia Tribrat (director)
    Lana Iermakova (screenwriter)

    Support the Kickstarter Campaign here
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ukrainerebirthlgbtq/ukraine-rebirth-lgbtq

    MUSIC
    Love In The Face Of Fear, Jim Kroft

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    Alex Kraev "Punked"

    Alex Kraev "Punked"

    Alex Kraev is a musical multi-talent who gave his soul to punk rock. He plays the drums, bass, and guitar in multiple bands and is an absolute musical powerhouse. His influences are many, but his goal is one and the same: to challenge stereotypes and self-imposed laziness of body and mind. His music is loud and gets under your skin. Challenging riffs, vocal cascades, energetic rhythms and climactic melodies tear you out of your comfort zone, sharpen your senses and abduct your body before they spit you out on the cold, ashen, concrete ground of human construction - only to find yourself naked, lusting for more. No more comfort, only raw emotion. Thank you very much!
    Punk, in its conception, has always been about protest and societal unrest, a mirror to the polished, self-righteous facade of civil society and, therefore, at the root of democracy - at least, according to me. Sid Vicious, the godfather of punk, said this once: "Undermine their pompous authority, reject their moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your trademarks. Cause as much chaos and disruption as possible but don't let them take you ALIVE." How this translates to the war in Ukraine and the simultaneous democratic process, I will discuss with Alex today! I am so happy to have you on board!
    SHOW NOTES
    Sid Vicious
    Sex Pistols
    Odessa Grain Shipments
    Kalush Orkestra
    The Offspring
    Black Fly
    NoFX
    Bad Religion
    Greenday
    Simple Plan
    Yellowcard
    Radio Havanna
    Black Flag
    Bezlad
    ALEX' FACEBOOK
    https://www.facebook.com/LeXXKraev
    ALEX' MUSIC & BANDS
    ВІДСІЧ
    FLAME
    RAGTAG
    CONCRETE CONTROL
    REDEMPTION
    Дело Дрянь
    ALEX NEXT SHOW
    More Music Club
    DONATIONS
    Alex' Volunteer Org
    Their Facebook
    MUSIC
    Love In The Face Of Fear, Jim Kroft

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Oleksiy Martsenyuk "The Shifting Of Desires"

    Oleksiy Martsenyuk "The Shifting Of Desires"

    Oleksiy Martsenyuk is the Executive Director of the Center for Defence Strategies in Kiyv, an organisation that helps to monitor defence reforms and develop key government policies that will affect the country's security and defence sector. This certainly needs a little more explanation from you, Oleksiy! And we will get into that in the course of the podcast. Also, he served as a Civilian Deputy Minister in the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence for just under a year. Originally, Oleksiy has a business background though. And because of this, Oleksiy's and my relationship actually goes way back. When I studied photography in Gent, Belgium, at the end of my first year all students had to choose a topic and project outside the curriculum, entirely self-sufficient and motivated by our own interests. This is now almost 18 years ago. As a foreigner myself, I chose the topic of migration and opted to take black and white portraits of people far away from home in Belgium. I put it all in book form, presenting them on a double page with their portrait in black and white on one page and the most cherished and valuable photo they brought with them in colour on the other.  Oleksiy was introduced to me by my dear friend Apoorva, studying with him at the time. A big shoutout and a big hug to you, Apu, who I don't see or hear nearly often enough! I remember the portrait of Oleksiy still so well after all these years. Standing in his rather modest and empty student cave, but with a big, bright Ukrainian flag on his wall. Leaning in, curiously observing me with a gentle smile while I was trying to create something lasting with the little that I knew at the time. But, in a way, I have; by having him with me today - 18 years after that photo was taken. I am so happy and grateful to have you with us today, Oleksiy, after all this time!

    SHOW NOTES
    New York Times, The Bodies Lay Dead in the Street
    BBC News, Bucha Killings
    VOX News, Ukraine Kidnappings
    Deutsche Welle, Russia Uses Kidnappings to Intimidate Ukrainians
    Golda Meir
    Weimar Republic
    Friedrich Ebert
    Philipp Scheidemann
    The Ebert-Groener Pact
    Sinking of the Moskwa
    Bayraktar Drone
    HIMARS
    Nord Stream 2
    Rheinmetall builds military training center
    The Orphanage, Serhiy Zhadan
    Kamil Galeev (@kamilkazani), Twitter Thread
    MUSIC
    Love In The Face Of Fear, Jim Kroft

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    • 2 hr 5 min
    Anna Pykhtina "Home's Strong Calling"

    Anna Pykhtina "Home's Strong Calling"

    Anna Pykhtina is a communication and PR expert from Kyiv, Ukraine, focusing on Ukrainian NGO work and civic education, currently living in Warsaw, Poland. After the outbreak of the war, Anna and her boyfriend fled Ukraine to Poland, where they are currently living with friends. Anna was the president of AEGEE-Kyiv, Europe's biggest interdisciplinary student organization. She has been travelling extensively in Europe and is, I think it is safe to say, a strong proponent of the European idea. Additionally, she worked for the Free Russia Foundation, which supports civic society and democratic development in Russia, for almost two years and has, therefore, many Russian acquaintances and friends. Anna's work and experience are exceptional and I couldn't be happier to have her on board the Yellow Van today to hear her opinions and perspectives on a variety of topics.
    Welcome to the Yellow Van, Anna!

    SHOW NOTES
    Anna's Reading List

    INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT
    NGO "Girls"
    USCD
    Timothy D. Snyder, American historian
    Eurotrip, USA 2004, Jeff Schaffer
    Free Russia Foundation
    Tango of Death, Yuriy Vynnychuk
    Tiger Trappers, Ivan Bahriyanyi
    Maria Berlinska, Ukrainian film producer
    MUSIC
    Love In The Face Of Fear, Jim Kroft

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Oleksii Isakov "Breaking The Stereotypes"

    Oleksii Isakov "Breaking The Stereotypes"

    Oleksii Isakov holds a Master in Intercultural Communication Studies and a Bachelor in Linguistics and Translation Studies. His main focus is literature and film. He was born in Odesa and has been living in Germany for the last ten years working at the European-University Viadrina in Frankfurt a.d. Oder - the only university in Germany with a professorship for Ukrainian History, which says a lot about Ukraine's perception in Germany - and throughout the world. In preparation for our conversation today, Oleksii and I had a short Zoom call a few days ago to get to know each other. Oleksii was recommended to me as a guest on the show by Bastian Bielig, a friend of mine, and we had never met each other before. When I finally stumbled over his academic career in more detail, I was even more impressed than I had already been just by casually talking to him. With all this in my mind, I am extremely grateful for him to take the time and be here with me in the Yellow Van today - and also a tiny little bit nervous because I feel slightly underqualified.
    Welcome to the Yellow Van, Oleksii!
    PHOTO
    courtesy of © Heide Fest
    SHOW NOTES
    "Winter On Fire", Ukraine 2015, Evgeny Afineevsky
    Maidan Uprising
    Kazimir Malevich, Ukrainian painter
    Artem Volokitin, Ukrainian painter
    "Shadow Of Forgotten Ancestors", Ukraine 1965, Sergei Parajanov
    Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian poet and writer
    Lina Kostenko, Ukrainian poet, writer and journalist
    Serhiy Zhadan, Ukrainian poet and writer
    Valerian Pidmohylny, Ukrainian writer and dissident
    Alexander Dovzhenko, Ukrainian filmmaker
    IMDb List of 100 Best Ukrainian Films
    Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky, Ukrainian author
    Takflix
    "Klondike", Ukraine 2022, Maryna Er Gorbach
    "Servant Of The People", Ukraine 2015-2019
    Myroslav Skoryk, Ukrainian composer
    Kalush Orchestra, Ukrainian rap group
    INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT
    Viadrina Emergency Fund
    National Bank of Ukraine
    MUSIC
    Love In The Face Of Fear, Jim Kroft

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Mariia Ponomarova "Perception Of Strength"

    Mariia Ponomarova "Perception Of Strength"

    In our first episode of the new season, our guest is film director, screenwriter, and creative producer Mariia Ponomarova (1991, Kyiv). Mariia studied film directing and screenwriting at Karpenko-Karyi Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema & Television in Ukraine graduating cum laude in 2013. Focusing on character development in film during her course,  Mariia graduated from the Master of Film artistic research program in 2016
    at the Netherlands Film Academy. Short fiction and documentary films written and directed by Mariia were screened at such festivals as Sarajevo FF, Vancouver IFF, VIS Vienna Shorts, Netherlands FF,  Odesa IFF, CineDOC-Tbilisi, Go Short ISFF, ArtDocfest, Molodist IFF, and others. Mariia's first producer's documentary project 'Fragile Memory' was a part of the Ex-Oriente Film workshop and received pitching prizes at Odesa IFF Film Industry 2018 & 2019, and East Doc Platform 2019. Mariia's directing debut documentary feature 'Nice Ladies' received a B2Bdoc Pithing Award at Producers Meet Producers. Mariia's works capture the rich cultural heritage of Ukraine, and, like a sculptor chipping away at a block of marble, she reveals the essence of Ukrainian identity, always present, but invisible to the untrained eye. She lives and works in Amsterdam visiting Ukraine for her film projects on a regular basis. And today she is with us in the Yellow Van and I couldn't be happier that she could find the time.
    Welcome to the Yellow Van, Mariia!

    MARIIA'S WORKS
    ponomarova.com
    Ardea
    May 9th
    Family Hour
    Fragile Memory
    Nice Ladies
    TOPICS
    The Fall Of Lenin, Ukraine 2017, Svitlana Shimko
    Olia Hercules, Ukrainian-British cookbook author
    Dziga Vertov, Ukrainian director & camerman
    Everything Is Illuminated, USA 2005, written and directed by Liev Schreiber
    Killing Eve, TV Series, 2008-2012
    The Gulag Archipelago, Soviet Union 1973, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
    What We Got Wrong About Solzhenitsyn, 2022, Essay by Blake Smith
    Svetlana Alexievich, Belarusian journalist and author
    Nikolai Amosov
    On Photography, USA 1977, Susan Sontag
    Takflix
    INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT
    Docu Help
    Come Back Alive Foundation
    100 Drones Organisation
    MUSIC
    Love In The Face Of Fear, Jim Kroft

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    • 1 hr 55 min

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