• Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)
  • Velyka Vasylkivska St, 19

1989 is known as the year that changed the world. Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall collapsed. Thirty years ago, Eastern Europe was shaken by the democratic revolution, which became the point of non-return. "When my neighbors build democracy" are five stories about Revolutions of 1989 and their main participants, who started the deconstruction of the communist system.

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The Christmas Gift

Bogdan Muresanu

Romania / 2018, 23 min

On 20th of December, 1989, a few days after Ceausescu's bloody repression in Timisoara, a father’s quiet evening turns to sheer ordeal as he finds out that his little son has mailed a wish letter to Santa. As the kid understood, his father’s desire was to see Ceausescu dead.

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From Solidarity to Freedom

Krystyna Mokrosińska

Poland / 37 min

Based on archival materials, the history of Poland's path to freedom, from Yalta to "Solidarity", the fall of communism, and joining the EU.


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Babovka

Demet Derelioglu Aran

Czech Republic / 2018, 8 min

Eva struggles to communicate her son but he becomes more distant day by day. One day she goes to his room when he left, and she realizes that her son is the one of the demonstrators against communism. Through behavior changes on her son, on an autumn day Eva learns that the communist regime has fallen, and the velvet revolution has just begun in Czechoslovakia

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Stremt 89

Anda Puscas

Romania / 2012, 13 min

The road through Stremt ends in a mountain wall. Still, in 1989, people were eagerly awaiting army tanks, terrorists and glory. Today, partly forgotten and partly imagined, the past is crystal clear.


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Freedom

Mircea Bobina

Moldova / 2018, 4 min

People are unhappy with their leaders and want to break free. When a change is made, they are supposed to get back their freedom: but somehow, they don’t.