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.

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

Music
Voin Uruwu feat. Valta – Hunters and Gatherers
Voin Uruwu – Forest Theme
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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