Ongoing assault on “Open Access”
Yet another showing of the documentary film collection “Open Access” has been deliberately sabotaged, this time in Donetsk. A man spilt some stinking substance and the room had to be evacuated.
Natalya Sokolenko from Stop Censorship, one of the organizers of the event, explains that the location now has to be concealed due to the constant attempts to sabotage the showings. People were asked to gather at a certain place and only then told where the film would be shown. Yet this didn’t help since 10 or 15 minutes into the film, they began noticing a foul smell and realized that some substance had been spilled auditorium. There were about 30 people in the room, and two needed medical treatment for poisoning symptoms.
The collection of short documentaries “Open Access” is made up of 5 video features on Mezhyhirya; Afghanistan war veterans; “School”; and two others and addresses problems arising in implementation of the Public Information Act.
In the film “Mezhyhirya” Serhiy Leshchenko tries to find out the circumstances which enabled the former State residence to be privatized and where Yanukovych is living.
In September the Open Access viewings were disrupted in 8 out of 20 cities. (See Access Denied for more details).