2 weeks of hell in 7 minutes: a video diary from Mariupol

Alena Zagreba

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Mental Ecologies of War​ 2 weeks of hell in 7 minutes: a video diary from Mariupol
Alena Zagreba

7 Minutes

February 15–March 15, 2023

2 weeks of hell in 7 minutes is a visual diary providing a first-person perspective on Mariupol during March 2022, produced by the teenage blogger Alena Zagreba. The video was made when the city was besieged by the Russian army. The diaristic and personal character of the blogger’s perspective is confronted with the horrors of war documented via her phone camera. In April 2022 the Freefilmers collective translated Zagreba’s video diary into English, French, Polish, Portuguese, German, and Spanish. The circulation of the diary was also a way of doubting and subverting the protocols of online presence and the market-regulated visual ecologies of social media in times of war.

This screening is part of Infrastructures, Geographies, and Elemental Relations, the first of two chapters of the film program Mental Ecologies of War​, curated by Olexii Kuchanskyi and Elena Vogman. The second chapter of the program takes place at e-flux Screening Room on March 18, 2023. See the full program here.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, War & Conflict, Internet, Image
Social Media, Ukraine, Childhood & Youth, Documentary
Return to I. Infrastructures, Geographies, and Elemental Relations

Alena Zagreba is a teenage lifestyle blogger, originally from Mariupol. As a result of the occupation of her city she has moved to Canada, so now her blog is mostly dedicated to her everyday life there.


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