Cinema, music, fashion and more: outstanding achievements of Ukrainians in 2023 that are worth knowing about

Cinéma, musique, mode et bien plus encore: réalisations exceptionnelles des Ukrainiens en 2023 qui méritent d’être connues

1. Mavka: The Forest Song

Ukrainian animated cartoon Mavka:The Forest Song became the first Ukrainian film to be released in wide international distribution. It was shown in cinemas in 148 countries and dubbed in 32 languages. The film grossed more than $17 million worldwide.

2. Clipmaker Tanyu Muinho

Her music videos get hundreds of millions of views. And she is from Ukraine.Thus, in 2023, videos directed by Tanyu Muinho were released for the British singer Sam Smith (I’m not here to make friends), the American singer Harry Styles (Daylight), the American rappers Cardi B and Megan The Stallion (Bongos), the legendary singer Lenny Kravitz (TK421), singer Jungkook from the K-Pop group BTS,rapper Doja Cat (Attention) and an advertising campaign for Dior. Also this year, she was nominated again for the 2023 MTV Music Video Awards.

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It is often told that Ukrainians are great show-makers. When it comes to the staging of a live performance, artists lay themselves out in order to make the spectators crave for an extra dose of the show. Ukraine has bred many gifted directors and clip makers, that collaborate with world-famous celebrities and stage worth-watching films. Although there are many names to be broadcasted, I would like to tell you about one of the brightest and most talented artists of Ukraine
Her name is Tanyu Muinho. She comes from Odesa, a bustling city in the south of Ukraine. Tanyu is a director and a photographer. Her career began nine years ago, when she started shooting for Ukrainian top singers.
During the last decade she has broken into the new ground. Nowadays Tanyu creates visuals on a variety of media platforms from music videos to advertising campaigns. I bet you have seen her works on the expanses of the Internet.
Tanyu also works with Dior and Netflix. Her video for Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” became a full-blown cultural event and earned a Grammy nod for Best Music Video. She was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Music Video for the music video of the song “As It Was’ by Harry Styles.
« Tanyu is my director and videographer. I brought her from Ukraine.I wanted to do something new, so I decided that I would find someone special.I found her in Ukraine and I think she’s amazing. » – says Cardi B about Tanyu Muinho.
The world-building in Muinho’s videos is imaginative, precise and well-rendered. And as much as is going on within any given shot, what truly sets Muinho’s fantasias apart is the suggestion of the galaxies just outside the frame’s four walls. Tanyu is bold to take risks and experiment with colors and shapes, she goes extra mile and gets her credit. 

3. Ukrainian teacher, Artur Proidakov, enters top 10 of the Global Teacher Prize
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Artur Proidakov is a Ukrainian language and literature teacher. He is the first Ukrainian teacher to become a finalist for the award. Previously, Ukrainian educators were only among the top 50 teachers.The winner was announced on November 8 at the 42nd session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris and received a $1 million prize.

4. War photographer, Evgeniy Maloletka, 2023 World Photo Contest winner
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A photograph by Ukrainian photographer Evgeniy Maloletka, taken after Russian troops bombed a maternity hospital in Mariupol in March 2022, received the main award of World Press Photo 2023. Maloletka also won the regional World Press Photo award for a series of photographs from Mariupol.

5. Oksana Zabuzhko and Oleg Sentsov were awarded the Order of the Legion of Honor
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Ukrainian writer Oksana Zabuzhko and director, former Kremlin prisoner and Ukrainian Armed Forces serviceman Oleg Sentsov were awarded France’s highest award – the Order of the Legion of Honor-in 2023.

Alina Strokan

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