Controversial Dox

Ukraine Is Not a Brothel

Kitty Green
Screening time  
28.02. / Friday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 4  
'Ukraine is not a Brothel' is a feature documentary that reveals the truth behind Ukraine's topless feminist sensation, 'Femen'.

Ukraine's topless feminist sensation Femen has stirred up a press frenzy across Europe. Outraged by the world's image of Ukrainian women as either brides for sale or commodities of sex tourism, Femen bare their breasts in protest in order to disrupt this perception and agitate these brutal patriarchal forces. Now, for the first time, 'Ukraine Is Not A Brothel' offers an intimate glimpse inside the world's most provocative feminist organisation. A movement that began in the snow-filled streets of a corrupt, post-Soviet Ukraine, Femen's naked war against patriarchy is gaining momentum across Europe. But before they take the world by storm, these bold and beautiful women must first confront the perverse and contradictory forces that power their own 'titillating' feminist organisation.


Kitty Green

Kitty Green is an award-winning Australian filmmaker. Her independent feature documentary, Ukraine is Not a Brothel premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2013 and was screened at IDFA, Hot Docs, SXSW, ZagrebDox and over 50 film festivals internationally. Her short documentary film The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul had its European premiere at the Berlinale.

General sponsor

Ukraina ne Bordel

Australia, Ukraine
2013, 78', DCP

Directed by:
Kitty Green

Michael Latham

Edited by:
Kitty Green

Jed Palmer and Zoe Barry

Kitty Green, Jonathan Auf der Heide, Michael Latham

Produced by:
Noise and Light

Festivals & Awards:

Venice International Film Festival 2013 – Lina Mangiacapre AwardSpecial Mention;  BFI London Film Festival 2013; International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam – IDFA 2013