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2023 / 118' / Ukraine

The film "Diagnosis: Dissident" takes the viewer back to the precious century.  Its topic, raised for the first time in feature films, opens one of the most shameful and terrifyng pages in the history of the USSR – the so-called "punitive psychiatry" used by the KGB in the fight against political and religious dissidents. The film's protagonist is a young man who wants to feel free in his country – free to listen to rock music or wear long hair. However, his longing for freedom comes up against the cruelty of the system in a country where the KGB uses the most shameful methods to control people like him.


Screenings schedule:

18.07.2024 at 19:00, House of Cinema, 6 Saksaganskogo Street (Kyiv), Red Hall




Denys Tarasov is a young Ukrainian director. Born August 9, 1984. Educated at the Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television, named after Ivan Karpenko-Kary as a film and television director by profession.

He started his career as a director in 2004 with filming of TV projects and documentaries for the leading TV channels of Ukraine.

Since 2007, he has been actively involved in directing TV series in the genres of drama, detective stories and comedies.

The film "Diagnosis: Dissent" was the first feature film by Denys Tarasov, it is the first film in the world that reveals the theme of forced psychiatric treatment as a punishment for those who disagree with the political order in the Soviet Union.

Since 2021, he has become an Expert of the Commission under the Rada of the State cinematography support. Member of the Ukrainian Film Academy.

Selected filmography

  • The Way (series, 2024)

  • Evacuation (series, 2024)

  • I am Hope (series, 2023)

  • Diagnosis: Dissent (2023)


Producer: Artem Koliubaiev, Taras Bosak, Valerya Ivanenko

Screenwriter: Ksenia Zastavska

DOP: Evgeny Kirei

Composer: Hossein Mirzagholi

Cast: Kostyantyn Timlyak, Nataliya Babenko, Irma Vitovska, Ostap Stupka, Vitaly Saliy, Sergiy Kisil, Andriy Mostrenko, Sergiy Kalantai

Production: Joint Victory Production LLC

Sales agent: FILM.UA Distibution


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