STORIES ABOUT BUSINESS
In the documentary video “5 stories about business”, business owners Kateryna Burovova (Utopia 8 intelligent store chain), Tetiana Havrysh (law company ILF), Tetiana Kamienieva (restaurant “Snih na holovu”), Dmytro Chornyi and Kristina Sinhayevska (International network of fitness clubs “Malibu”) tell about their understanding of friendly business and motivation in supporting various vulnerable groups.
Documentary video "Stronger together: 5 stories about communication" shows Max Burtsev (Arriba!), Yevheniia Semenyak (Tvoy Production), Dmytro Audu (Myroom.Safespace), Yevhen Streltsov (Nakipelo) and Olga Shapoval (IT-Cluster) who tell about the correct and friendly communication with the team and clients, social responsibility and modern business trends.
Stories told by participants of the training programs of the Centre for SME Development
STORIES OF INCLUSION
The documentary “Vulnerability” tells, why it is important to assert your rights and how people with disabilities, representatives of LGBT+ community every day at work, in communication with others oppose discrimination.
The documentary miniseries “Twelve Ophelias” include five video stories about women who play on the stage of the M.V.Lysenko Kharkiv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and move in wheelchairs. The miniseries tells about the process of creation of the play by Caridad Svich “Twelve Ophelias”: how images were created, the way professional actresses collaborated with people with disabilities, how participation in an artistic project becomes a civic position and a political gesture.
STORIES ABOUT ARTS
The documentary miniseries of the “Women and Figures” project consist of stories of absolutely different participants of the project; they have different age, life views, professional status. But they are united by their creativity and their desire to grow. The miniseries show what was going on “behind the scenes”, during the workshops throughout the project. The goal of the miniseries is to convey to the audience the problem of stereotypes and that in reality women of serious professions are creative, dreamy, spirited, elegant and talented. We urge you to watch!
Performance “Women and Figures” is a story about women who work in the sphere of finance. They fight stereotypes and barriers, take care of their families, engage in creativity and strive to make their most cherished dreams come true. In performance, participants use props associated with finance - big abacus and wire calculators that are not relevant anymore - and thus introduce into the production sarcastic and ironic elements of the ridicule of stereotypes that over the years formed around accountants, financiers and auditors.
STORIES OF PARTICIPANTS OF «WOMEN AND FIGURES» PROJECT
Olena, a participant of “Women and figures” project, has a routine life. Work in the morning, school preparation and dinner in the evening. She can only dream of time for herself, because she is a wife, a mother, an accountant, who couldn’t afford a hobby. One day Olena saw the registration form of the “Women and Figures” project; a project for the specialists of the financial sphere who aspire to realize themselves in creativity. Without any hesitation, Olena filled out the application, received a reply and in a few weeks she visited her first project workshop.
When the workshops ended, at the first rehearsal meeting Olena, delighted with tears of joy and sometimes sadness in her eyes, listened to the script of the performance. "All these words are about each of us!" - said Olena. If you ask me to describe my participation in the project in a few words they would be as follows: sincere emotions, the joy of every meeting, the desire to create, to learn something new. Olena says the meetings inspire her to start a new working week, she doesn’t think about burnout anymore.
One of the participants of the project, Yana, was engaged in professional singing, but she didn’t have enough time for creative classes and in the end the work took away all her free time. The singing workshop at the project became an impetus for her to start doing her favorite hobby again. The coach helped Yana remember how much she liked singing and encouraged her to continue.
How can you become courageous and start allowing yourself to do what you want? The most important thing is to be open to new things, to constantly practice activities and get support from like-minded people. The participants of the “Women and figures” had a chance to live this experience through. During the first workshop, many auditors, accountants, and financiers had difficulty telling the audience about themselves, their lives, and their preferences. Another challenge was to participate in the video shoot, as professional actors have been learning this for years, and the project required you to be alone with the camera after several workshops. Each participant came through these challenges thanks to their courage, support of coaches and the friendly atmosphere of the project.
For rehearsals, the director assembled the participants into four mini-groups instead of two workshop groups. Iryna, a participant of the project, admitted that in the past such a situation would have thrown her off balance and caused her discomfort. But after a few months of training, socializing with coaches and fellow participants, she’s no longer intimidated by any changes. Participation in the “Women and Figures” project allowed the experts working in the sphere of finance to find time for themselves, to develop the skills of playing on the stage and to tell the history of their life before a large audience. This is a story that inspires, teaches and encourages change for the better!