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Yellow Van Stories

Yellow Van Stories

Yellow Van Stories is an interview podcast hosted by the photographer and filmmaker Bastian Fischer. He speaks to people across the globe harnessing the creative power of culture in times of crisis and how it can bring us closer together.

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the topic of the second season became very clear to us.
We decided to invite Ukrainians into the van to share their stories with us and to learn more about Ukraine’s cultural identity, because, too often, it has been appropriated by a chauvinistic Russian narrative. The same narrative now serving as a pretence to the war.
Supporting Ukraine, in our opinion, therefore has a very strong cultural dimension as well.

We are keeping a window seat just for you every Thursday at 9 pm CET.

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photo courtesy of the amazing © Vicky Markolefa

Recent Episodes

Nick Torzhevskyi "Ukraine Rebirth"

Aug. 25, 2022

Nick Torzhevsky is a film director and producer from Kyiv with over 10 years of experience directing and producing broadcast TV series, commercials, and feature films. Nick's latest project, Ukraine Rebirth, is putting a foc…

Alex Kraev "Punked"

Aug. 4, 2022

Alex Kraev is a musical multi-talent who gave his soul to punk rock. He plays the drums, bass, and guitar in multiple bands and is an absolute musical powerhouse. His influences are many, but his goal is one and the same: to…

Oleksiy Martsenyuk "The Shifting Of Desires"

July 28, 2022

Oleksiy Martsenyuk is the Executive Director of the Center for Defence Strategies in Kiyv, an organisation that helps to monitor defence reforms and develop key government policies that will affect the country's security and…

Anna Pykhtina "Home's Strong Calling"

July 21, 2022

Anna Pykhtina is a communication and PR expert from Kyiv, Ukraine, focusing on Ukrainian NGO work and civic education, currently living in Warsaw, Poland. After the outbreak of the war, Anna and her boyfriend fled Ukraine to…

Society & Culture Ukraine

Oleksii Isakov "Breaking The Stereotypes"

July 14, 2022

Oleksii Isakov holds a Master in Intercultural Communication Studies and a Bachelor in Linguistics and Translation Studies. His main focus is literature and film. He was born in Odesa and has been living in Germany for the l…

Society & Culture Ukraine

Mariia Ponomarova "Perception Of Strength"

July 7, 2022

In our first episode of the new season, our guest is film director, screenwriter, and creative producer Mariia Ponomarova (1991, Kyiv). Mariia studied film directing and screenwriting at Karpenko-Karyi Kyiv National Universi…

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