Watch: ‘Do it Yourself’

Do it yourself is a documentary directed by Petr Barabaka Russian skaters from Saint-Petersburg and Novosibirsk going full-tilt DIY.

The story is based on the lives of skaters from the outskirts of big Russian cities who took the initiative to make their environment a better place for the community and people around them. A few words from Kirill Korobkov, Do it Yourself co-producer:

‘The global situation has changed dramatically since we filmed this piece in Russia around the summer of 2021. In our memories, it feels like we documented all those faces and places the day before yesterday, but the problems and challenges we have in front of us these days make us understand that the good old world from those days stopped existing. While we worked on this documentary, our vocabulary consisted of words like fun, development, improvement, creativity, labor, spatula, and concrete. Now we have to deal with terms like mobilization, military draft, army, recruitment office, immigration, one-way ticket, casualties, and funeral. The outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine has become a game-changer for all of us and skaters aren’t an exception.

‘This project turned out to be some kind of a memorial to us about careless times from the past that maybe we all didn’t appreciate enough. Summer 2021 was our last peaceful summer and some of the last months of Russia we used to know and understand. This was the wonderful world we loved to enjoy and share with people around from inside and outside the country.

The philosophy behind the DIY movement is about using your own passion to make your own little world a better place for living. The decisions that were made by our regime—but not our people—around the end of February took us in an absolutely opposite direction. We don’t feel safe anymore. We don’t feel even normal. We don’t want to be where we are right now and we are shocked by the current agenda around us. Today’s situation spread anxiety around. The future is very unclear. At least we can look back at our past and enjoy nostalgia about those times when our friends were up to skating and creating. We’ll appreciate your time watching our piece. We wish you to stay safe wherever you are.’

— Kirill


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