«It is a great happiness when you are led by a person who values human life, respects you and always says not "forward", but "with me" and goes first», — Akhtem Seitablaev.
«We did not choose this war, but we must win it», — Vlada and Kostyantyn Liberov.
«Love guides us. To women, children, land, culture, our comfortable world that we built... A strange thing: the sum of all these loves led us into battle», — Taras Kompanichenko.
«A person is the result of culture in the broadest sense, the cultural landscape in which he is born, grows up, is brought up», — Akhtem Seitablaev.
«Save yourself, your essence, consciousness, these values that keep us going today», — Serhii Zhadan.
«Any war is a war of cultures», — Serhii Zhadan.
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"ANTITILA" is a pop-rock band that was formed in 2007. Participants: Taras Topolya, Serhiy Vusyk, Mykhailo Chirko, Dmytro Zholud, Dmytro Vodovozov. On February 25, 2022, the band members joined the 130th battalion of the Territorial Defense of Ukraine.

«The fact that the ANTITILA left their instruments and microphones and went to war is a logical decision» — Taras Topolya.

Cinematographer, director of photography for about 40 films, 4 of which were nominated for an Oscar. Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and dozens of international awards for best cinematography. Worked on films such as "Mamayi," "Illusion of Fear," "Parajanov," "The Guide," "Wild Field," "Egregor," and "Dovbush." Author of 10 personal photo exhibitions. Serhiy Mykhalchuk has been serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine since the first days of the full-scale war and documents Russian crimes in Ukraine.

«For our nation, the war acts as a unifying ideology. It is important that we do not lose this in peacetime» — Serhiy Mykhalchuk.
Akhtem Seitablayev

Actor, director, and producer. Akhtem Seitablayev is a distinguished artist of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the director of the cultural space state enterprise "Crimean House." His directorial works include films such as "Haytarma," "Another's Prayer," "Cyborgs," "Zakhar Berkut," "Peaceful 21," and many others. As an actor, he has performed over 30 roles in theater and film. In February 2022, Seitablayev voluntarily joined the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

«A person is a product of culture in the broadest sense, shaped by the cultural landscape in which they are born, grow up, and are educated» — Akhtem Seitablayev.

Writer, poet, translator, musician. Serhiy Zhadan's works are widely translated around the world and can be read in nearly thirty different languages. The writer has received numerous Ukrainian and international literary awards. Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, he has tirelessly organized artistic events and provided volunteer assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

«Undoubtedly, what is happening between us right now is a war of cultures, values, principles, and different realities» — Serhiy Zhadan.

The Odessa-based photographer couple. In just a few years, the Libers have become one of the most recognized Ukrainian photographers. Later, they began teaching and had students all over the world.
After the full-scale Russian invasion, Konstantin and Vlada focused on artistic documentary photography. From the first days of the RF invasion, they have been traveling to hotspots and capturing the war in Ukraine. Their photos go viral on social media, and influential media outlets like BBC, Welt, New York Times, Vogue, Forbes, and others publish them.

«We captured our best photos during the war. But these aren't the shots we wanted to take. It would have been better if none of this had happened — no media publications and no war at all» — Vlada Liberova.

Taras Kompanichenko, a kobzar, bandura player, and lyre player, People's Artist of Ukraine, and the leader of the "Kozatska Khoreya" ensemble. For over 30 years, Taras Kompanichenko has been studying the ancient music of Ukraine and promoting the kobzar-lyre tradition in Ukraine and around the world.
Since the beginning of the full-scale war, he voluntarily joined the territorial defense forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and continues to engage in artistic and educational work within the military.

«We must persevere in this struggle in order to fulfill God's plan for us - to be free to create» — Taras Kompanichenko.

“CULTURE VS WAR” is an artistic study about Ukrainian artists who defend the country and create new meanings of Ukrainian culture.

Artists protected and preserved Ukrainian culture for centuries. And now they stand side by side with all citizens. The “CULTURE VS WAR” project is the voice of creators who retain the ability to feel and act bravely despite all the horrors of war.

«Any war is a war of cultures», — Serhii Zhadan.
«Art in Ukraine has a mission - it is nation-building», — Taras Kompanichenko.
«People build their future by sacrificing something for our victory», — Vlada and Kostyantyn Liberov.
«For the Ukrainians, who with weapons in their hands go against the army, which was considered the second army in the world, the values of freedom, the values of independence and dignity turned out to be alive, real, such that one can and must die for them», — Serhii Zhadan.
«I believe in our victory, I see all the prerequisites for it», — Taras Kompanichenko.
Kadym Tarasov


Yuriy Gruzinov

Director of Photography

Andriy Rizol


Alina Krasnyanska

Executive Producer

Marco Ferraro

EU Project Manager

Sviatoslav Risol

Creative Producer

Denys Duzhnyk, Oleg Ruz, Yulia Bolshynska

Camera Operators


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Akhtem Seitablayev