The 2014 revolution brought Kiev nightlife to a complete standstill. As protests turned into riots, and government security forces opened fire on protesters, 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.

Documentary has been originally released by British magazine i-D.


Director: Tom Ivin
Director of Photography: Jack Reynolds
Producer: Kate Villevoye
Editor: Paul Frankl, Rebecca Gin

Full credits here.

Find out more about Kiev’s emerging youth culture and complex cultural heritage in The Calvert Journal special project on the ciy. Or explore Ukrainian rave scene further through Slava Lepsheev’s mixtape of 90s rave tunes, a photographic essay on Cxema and a list of rising stars from Kiev’s underground electronic music scene.