Ukrainistan Artist War is about artists waging a war on war in the context of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign forces. It is an anti-war film in the tradition of Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ and Jon and Yoko’s ‘War is Over’. The process of creation is carefully followed in the face of the destruction the artists witness. Duel projects are completed at the destroyed House of Culture in Irpin Ukraine and at the Yellow House Art School in Jalalabad.
The journey includes the tragedy of a farmer shot while protecting his daughter, Punisher Palace where Russian soldiers raped and tortured, a child’s room hit by a missile and the Bridge of Death at Irpin where families were slaughtered in their cars.
This film is filled with the optimism that humanity can end violent conflict and embrace peace through creativity.