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In Ukraine, in the region of Donbass there is an ongoing conflict. How did this conflict start and how are people in the Donbass area dealing with this conflict that tears apart families and entire villages? Is Ukraine a divided country where war will destroy regions like the Donbass? A documentary about Ukraine, the conflict in the Donbass region and the people that have to live with it.

For over a year, a dirty battle has been going on in 'the Donbass', an area rich with coal and industry in East Ukraine. More than six thousand people have been killed so far. Jelle talks to the Russian rebels at the front. What kind of people are they? He also visits the Donetsk opera, which has a show every day - war or no war.

In this eight-part travel series the Dutch journalist and author Jelle Brandt Corstius travels through Russia and visits the neighbor countries Latvia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. What image do the Russians have of their neighbors and vice versa? What are the relations between the powerful Russia and the other former Soviet republics? And how do the countries around Russia treat their Russian inhabitants? A series about propaganda and identity.

On the Maidan, Kiev´s central square, in spring of 2014 the war started. Thousands of people demanded closer relations with Europe. After weeks of protests, the police intervened. One hundred people died. In Ukraine they are known as the Heavenly Hundred. President Yanukovych fled to Russia and the revolution started. And with the revolution came the war that would split the country in two. Dutch Journalist Corstius talks to people on the street and investigates the status quo and the way the population deals with the changes the country has gone through.

He visits the place in Odessa where on May 2 2014 46 pro-Russian activists died from suffocation in a former trade union building. They were under attack from pro-Ukrainian activists and a fire broke out. Until today it is not clear what caused it. This fire made many Russians leave for Ukraine to join the fight so that the war spread from Crimea to the entire eastern region of Ukraine.

Original title: Het wilde Oosten (7/8)

Director: Alexander Oey and Jelle Brandt Corstius
© VPRO September 2015

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Comments 15 Comments

Alessandro Moschetti
thank you Jelle and thank you Vpro world stories. once again I enjoyed your reportage. showing people what life was like in those areas during and after the war is really giving people a chance to draw their own conclusions, setting Jelle apart from uncomfortable comments and judgments. reality is so sad, folks. history is just a loop we'll never get over with.
HeyItsTig
Nice
Bert Idenburg
VPN: _activated_
Dardania Lion
These Russians look just like during 1945 when they attacked Germany.
RovexHD
Was this filmed in 2015 ?
SuperShasha
Why are u reuploading old stuff...??? Plzz produce something new
olaf jensen
Na, my bad...Very good
olaf jensen
Yeah the opera was big in Leningrad as well
Justin D
I enjoyed watching this, it gave me a unique perspective into the lives of the people of Donetsk and Luhansk and how they feel about the war. Also, that lady in the beginning of this documentary who repeatedly insults the Heavenly Hundred can go fuck herself.
Roman G
one claine .. plish german?
Yakav8r55m
@ 24:10 Typical THUG-ruSSiyan criminal.
Richie
I learn something new everytime I watch Jelle's work. He always does a great job. We get a chance to understand the feelings of the people. It would be great if he could repeat his russian travels and update each of his series.
Elena Elena
5:17 los profasistas quemaron en vivos 46 personas! y los heridos eran matados cruelmente!!! He))) autor! para quien trabajas?!
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Is equality among social classes in France something that is existing? How are social classes in France living happily together or is there a big gap between them? What is the situation in France when we are talking about social classes, ethnic groups? Are they co-existing in peace or ignoring each other completely? France has always known social classes, but also is it one of their pillars that equality must be lived.

Living "like a God in France" is a saying applicable to vacationers in France, but absolutely not to the French themselves: to them, life is nothing but worrisome. They are facing high unemployment rates, fear of new terror attacks and an important political division. What is left of pillars that are the basis of the French republic: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité? And what does it mean actually, to be French, today? Dutch Parisian Wilfred de Bruijn uncovers an intriguing country, full of contradictions, far away from the cliches we all know.

The ideal of equality was the main driving force behind the French Revolution, but does equality really exist in France? Wilfred de Bruijn explores the gap between the different ethnic groups in his hometown of Paris in search of an answer. From the students of the prestigious Ecole de la Legion d'Honneur who talk lovingly about the republican values to the real people of Saint Denis that hold a much different discourse: "Officially, I'm French," said a Muslim in the street, "but not as French as the whites". In a different world, the 7th and 8th arrondissement, the old privileged elite of Paris lives, still holding on to their entitlement, despite the fact that the French nobility officially no longer exists. At the same time, in the suburbs of Paris there are no privileges and what was previously expressed in rap music and violent riots threatens to turn into radicalization and terrorism. Wilfred wonders: what binds the French yet?

Original Title: Op zoek naar Frankrijk: een republiek aan scherven (1/7)
Presentation: Wilfred de Bruijn
Directors: Stefanie de Brouwer, Erik Lieshout
Chief Editors: Stefanie de Brouwer, Olaf Oudheusden
Research: Ilse van der Velden, Alexandre Horiot, Olaf Oudheusden
Anna Prichard, Pauline Cazaubon, Ouafia Kheniche, Marijn Kruk
Armelle Belaunde-Gautret, Gwenaelle Le Gall
Camera: Jackó van ‘t Hof, Joost van Herwijnen
Sound: Rik Meier, Arno Hagers
Editing: Obbe Verwer
© VPRO March April 2016

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