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      exploring ukraine's underground rave revolution

      The 2014 revolution brought Kiev nightlife to a complete standstill. As protests turned into riots, and government security forces opened fire on protestors, the country fell into crisis. But out of the ashes of revolution has risen a new generation. Slava Lepsheev, who’d lost his job because of the financial crisis triggered by the war, had had enough, and started Cxema, a raw, hard and hypnotic techno rave that he took to whatever semi-legal venue he could set a soundsystem up in. So together with Slava, and the city’s brightest young lights, we followed young Kiev as they prepared for a night at Cxema, from building the venue to watching the sunrise break.

      Topics:watch, documentaries, idocs, the futurewise issue, ukraine, kiev, cxema, techno, rave, underground rave, slava kepsheev, tom ivin, kate villevoye


      Director Tom Ivin

      Producer Kate Villevoye

      Local Fixer Lyuba Knorozok

      Director of Photography Jack Reynolds

      Sound Denys Ryskal, Andrii Vaskovski, Viktor Savin

      Lighting Stanislav Bezpechnyi

      Production Assistant Andrii Bezliudnyi

      Editor Paul Frankl, Rebecca Gin

      Colourist Oisín O’Driscoll at The Mill

      Sound Mix Guy Chase

      Narrator Leala-Rain Shonaiya

      Script Clive Martin, Matthew Whitehouse

      Translations Yelena Kensborn


      Voin Uruwu - Hunters and Gatherers

      Stanislav Tolkachev - Sometimes Everything Is Wrong

      Lollibou - Crimson Tune

      Wulffius - In the Pines’ Crowns (Wicked Bass Records 2016)

      Stanislav Tolkachev - Right Angle

      Voin Oruwu - A-mplification

      Archive courtesy of

      Vice News, Slava Lepsheev, Unkle Dee, Aleksey Olin

      Global Executive Producer Ravi Amaratunga

      Supervising Producer Eloise King

      Production Manager Lauran Clark

      Production Assistant Lily Rose Thomas

      Assistant Producer Stephen Isaac-Wilson

      Post Production Coordinator Regina Lemaire-Costa

      Commercial Creative Director Bunny Kinney

      Talent Producer Declan Higgins

      Head of Production Bree Horn

      Head of Post Production Daniel Elias

      Post Production Administrator Laura Davidson

      Special Thanks

      Slava Lepsheev, Dima Kovalyov, iZone, Anastasiia Fedorova

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