The night of 21 November 2013 a protest erupted in Kiev as a response to a fallen-through European deal. It soon became a nationwide turmoil to oust a corrupt government with its painful relationship with Russia.

People of all classes and age and gender came to Maidan to support the revolution, building a people’s stronghold. What happened during the days of the revolt goes beyond the violent clashes.

The outcome of the revolution, the overthrowing of the country political scenario has nothing to do with the fights or the military field victory. The majority of those who took up arms against the government, young students, business men, workers, or even old people, were unfit to hold any fight against a regular army. The seeds of this change grew in the backstage, with the people who jointly supported the revolution on a daily basis, for months, behind the frontline in many different ways. What happened in Maidan is deeply rooted in the human nature. And his faith in the future.

Valentina Piccinni and Jean-Marc Caimi started collaborating in 2013 for projects focused both on documentary and more personal, intimate photography.

Multimedia Tips

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

An old fashioned iMovie ’08.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

Jean-Marc is a musician. He writes all the soundtracks for slide shows. Some tracks belong to “Minimalismus” a record released teaming up with Israeli musician Ziv Jacob.

c. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

Valentina is really good in editing stories, both for magazines and agency purposes and lately for multimedia. It is a challenging work when static elements, as pictures are, are combined with video footage. It is like making interact people speaking two different languages. For photographers this is really good practise, giving new dimension and perspectives to the photographic series. In these years we learnt quite a few things as photographers while assembling multimedia pieces for our stories. And then the music has to be conceived following a certain rhythm. Multimedia is in fact very much a question of rhythm. As a team of two we enjoy the whole creative process a lot.

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