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Ukraine. Breakthrough Years

Film Programme 25.-27.02
Estonian National Museum, Tartu

About the Programme

The film programme “Ukraine. Breakthrough Years” tells the story of free and brave Ukraine from the 1980s to the present through high-quality documentaries. The programme is initiated by the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024.

In three days, from 25.02 to 27.02, films about significant events and major issues in Ukraine’s contemporary history will be screened at the Estonian National Museum. “Ukraine. “Breakthrough Years” programme includes 11 films selected by documentary expert Filipp Kruusvall in cooperation with filmmakers.

The screenings are preceded by discussions with the authors of the films, Ukrainians living in Estonia, and other experts on the respective topic. “Ukraine. Breakthrough Years” is part of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 main programme.

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The audience for the documentary films is primarily friends of Ukraine in Estonia and all Ukrainians living in Tartu and Southern Estonia.

We thank the Ukrainian Institute for the good cooperation in preparing the film program.


Schedule and Tickets


Tickets are on sale at Piletilevi and can also be bought on the spot. All ticket revenue will be donated to support Ukrainian filmmakers through The Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre.

  • Single ticket 5€, Day ticket 10€, Three-day ticket 20€, Supporter ticket (three-day ticket) 50 €, Discount ticket 0€*

* discount ticket can be obtained on the spot, at the ticket check by Jakob Hurt Hall, and it is for children (age up to 18), students, retired persons, persons with partial working capacity, ERMi Sõprade Selts members, and IFJ press card owners. The user of the discount ticket must present a document proving the right to the discount.

  • Sunday 25.02


    Opening of the Film Programme: Filipp Kruusvall, author of the programme / Kati Torp, Tartu 2024 Artistic Director / Maksym Kononenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Estonia

    “Ukraine. Starting Point”

    Discussion / Q&A

    Admission to this screening is free, but if you want to support Ukrainian filmmakers, [buy a single, one-day or three-day ticket]


    “Ukrainian Independence. As It Is.” [buy tickets]


    Via a video call / Lesya Voroniuk, author of the film

    “The Nightingale Sings” [buy tickets]

    Discussion / Q&A: Heinike Heinsoo, linguist, Lviv University Estonian language and culture lecturer


    “Yours Vasyl” [buy tickets]

    Discussion / Q&A: Svitlana Rudiuk, director of the film

  • Monday 26.02

    [buy a one-day or three-day ticket]


    “EuroDonbas” [buy tickets]

    Discussion / Q&A


    “The Kyiv Files” [buy tickets]

    Discussion / Q&A: Walter Stokman, director of the film


    “The Cacophony of the Donbas” [buy tickets]

    Discussion / Q&A: Ruslan Trochynskyi, musician born in the Donetsk region

  • Tuesday 27.02

    [buy a one-day or three-day ticket]


    Via a video call / Nataliya Gumenyuk, director of the film, journalist

    “Gongadze’s Murder. 20 Years in Search of the Truth” [buy tickets]

    Discussion / Q&A: Igor Taro, Member of the Riigikogu, former journalist


    “Orange Revolution” [buy tickets]

    Discussion / Q&A


    “Divisional Live” [buy tickets]

    Discussion / Q&A: Denys Teptiuk, linguist, University of Tartu Research Fellow

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Side Programme

During the film programme, 25.02-27.02, two exhibitions will be open in front of the Jakob Hurt hall.

Heilika Pikkov and Kaupo Kikkas’ film “What Would You Take?”

In December 2022, photographer Kaupo Kikkas, writer Frances Stonor Saunders and film director Heilika Pikkov travelled together through Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to Ukraine. In each country they met Ukrainian war refugees – Frances did the interviews, Kaupo captured them in a picture and Heilika filmed. A total of 12 shocking stories were recorded, which gave birth to an exhibition, a collection of essays and a short documentary film. Read more at

Exhibition of the events and activities of NGO Ukraina Maja 2022-2024

Officially founded in April 2022, the NGO Ukraina Maja has gathered around a group of active Ukrainians, under whose leadership charity concerts and cafes, Kupala celebrations, Ukrainian Independence Day celebrations, memorial marches, commemorative events and workshops on Ukrainian crafts and culture have been organized in Tartu. The photo exhibition provides an overview of two intense years of activity and the cultural life and participation of Ukrainians in Tartu. Follow Ukraina Maja on Facebook.


The screenings of the “Ukraine. Breakthrough Years” film programme take place in the Jakob Hurt Hall of the Estonian National Museum (Muuseumi tee 2, Tartu) and are partially accessible to people with mobility impairments and people with hearing impairments.

The Jakob Hurda Hall is located in the A part of the museum, on the 1st floor. The hall has seats with armrests and backrests. Stairs must be used to reach the seats.

The hall can be accessed by wheelchair from the 0th floor, through the door next to the museum wardrobe. Places for spectators in wheelchairs are located in front of the first row of seats. The accessible toilet is also located on the 0th floor of the building. Accessible parking spaces are located in front of the museum in parking lot A.

The films are mainly in Ukrainian and have Estonian and/or English subtitles. Speeches and discussions before the films on site are in English, Ukrainian, or Estonian.

The venue is family-friendly. The museum has a separate breastfeeding and changing room. There is also a changing table in the accessible toilet.

How to come to the Estonian National Museum?

We recommend coming on foot, by bike or by public transport.

  • Tartu’s public transportation schedules:

Nearest bus stops to the Estonian National Museum:

  • ERM (line 7)
  • Jänese (lines 8, 9, 21, 25, 735)
  • Orava (lines 8, 9, 25)

Bicycle parking spots are at the A entrance of the Estonian National Museum. More information regarding the Bike Share system can be found here.

If you are coming by car, consider carpooling with family or friends.



Communication and marketing of the “Ukraine. Breakthrough Years” film programme: Kalle Paas [email protected]

The “Ukraine. Breakthrough Years” film program is organized by MTÜ Tartu Filmiselts in cooperation with the Estonian National Museum and Tartu 2024 Foundation.

Thank you for your help: MTÜ Ukraina Maja, volunteers.