Ukranian film ‘Zemlya‘ (‘Earth’) by famous Ukrainian producer Oleksandr Dovzhenko was released in Kyiv cinemas on April 8, 1930.
The masterpiece is claimed to be one the of the greatest films of all time, enlisted in top-12 by film historians at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and in top-10 by experts of the International Film Critics Symposium! Speaking of the last, ‘Zemlya’ was the only silent movie on the list Dovzhenko’s ‘film poem’ style brings to life the collective experience of life for the Ukranian proles, examining natural cycles through his epic montage.
‘Zemlya’ got a great success in Europe. After being shown in Berlin, it received 48 publications in the European newspapers, and Oleksandr Dovzhenko himself was named as ‘Homer of the movie’ by Italian critics. The negative of the film was destroyed, but there were several attempts to restore its original version.
In 2012, Ukrainian etno-house band DakhaBrakha in partnership with the Dovzhenko Center created soundtracks for ‘Zemlya’.