Другой Челси История из Донецка!
December 15, 2011 3:38 PM   Subscribe

Im about 15 minutes in and really liking the documentary. It's interesting to juxtapose Donetsk political dynamics against the backdrop of the local football franchise. The film gives an interesting impression of local culture.
posted by kuatto at 5:20 PM on December 15, 2011

Ive been fascinated with Donetsk since "meeting" the Andriy character in Marina Lewycka's Two Caravans. Can't wait to watch this- thanks.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 5:41 PM on December 15, 2011

A documentary about a Ukrainian city with narration delivered in Russian that's thickly accented with German and subtitles in English and occasional Ukrainian? This former Donchanin is puzzled, but intrigued.
posted by Nomyte at 6:37 PM on December 15, 2011

Wow! Thanks for this.

Ostensibly a documentary about FC Shakhtar Donetsk's assault on and ultimate victory at UEFA Cup 2009.

And yet, it's not about that at all. It's about the coal mines of the Донбас or Donbass Basin after which the club's stadium is named.

It's focus moves away from the field and into the stands. There's Sacha, a 30 year veteran of the local coal mines, rooting on his team and saving his money for the away matches - all the way to Istanbul. And pining for the days when his team was comprised of local boys - meaning anyone born in the USSR.

And Stepanovich, whose son dies in the mines. After this, his wife falls in with Jehovah's Witnesses and he makes a beeline for Valya, operator of the pulley elevators for the last 20 years.

And then there is Kolya. A twenty-eight year old nobody cell phone addicted rising star affiliated with the Blue Party. Did we mention that Shakhtar Donetsk wears orange (burning embers) and black (coal)? The ultimate irony, given that Donetsk always votes blue.

In the upper reaches of the stadium we find, but are never able to meet, Rinat Leonidovych Akhmetov.
posted by shoesfullofdust at 7:04 PM on December 15, 2011

And then there is Kolya. A twenty-eight year old nobody cell phone addicted rising star affiliated with the Blue Party.

That's an interesting interpretation and not at all how I saw it.

Kolya is prominent enough to rub elbows with Rinat Akhmetov, the city's undisputed kingpin. Kolya is the Secretary of the Donetsk City Council. He is a talking head offering inflammatory commentary on television.

He sits in his palatial dining room, in a luxury dwelling of the sort that most Ukrainian don't live in and would certainly be unwelcome to visit, eating a meal prepared and served by his domestic staff, and candidly explains how he likes his cream of wheat cold, with jam.

It's a little like watching Dynasty to gain a better understanding of American families.
posted by Nomyte at 8:45 PM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

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