After the weeks of severe everyday shelling of the city, thousands of civilians found shelter in the Mariupol Drama Theatre. Its population was rising continuously as russian bombardments grew ever closer to the heart of the city, and more people lost homes. Outside the theatre, the word “CHILDREN” (“ДІТИ”) was written on the ground, large enough to tell aircraft overhead that the building was a shelter, not a military target. Nevertheless, a Russian missile struck the building on 16 March 2022, in what was among the war’s one of deadliest airstrikes against civilians.
Before it was destroyed by a Russian airstrike, the Mariupol Theater was a key refuge in the besieged city, a unique site of solidarity and resistance. There, the self-organized commune was created: a city within a building.
“A City within a Building” was created by the Center for Spatial Technologies & Forensis, as well as a network of independent creatives from Ukraine, Western Europe, and South America. The project was part of the Ukrainian Pavilion program at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023.
Valeria Prorizna is a Ukrainian filmmaker and film programmer. Worked as creative producer of “A City within a Building.”Mykhailo Bogachov is a Ukrainian researcher in music and philosophy of AI. Worked as one of the creative consultants for the documentary.
Valeria and Myhailo will introduce the film and stay for questions about its production history and the nuances of cross-border collaboration during wartime.
The screening is organised as a part of the exhibition "ETH with Ukraine - Exchanging Knowledge for a Sustainable Future".
📆 January 25, Thursday
🏛️ Main building of ETH Zurich, room HG E3
📍 Rämistrasse 101, 8006 Zürich
🗣️ Language: Ukrainian with English subtitles
🆓 Entrance free of charge
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