Author's project by Viktor Mayorov documenting the experiences of the Melitopol community in a podcast format. These are stories about the hometown in the south of Ukraine that fell into the russian occupation. Those are the stories of Melitopol residents who left and who stayed, who fight at the front and hold the defense in the rear, who have different age, professions, preferences, but they share the love for Ukraine.
What the city used to be like before and what happened after February, 24? How do Melitopolians continue to live under the russian occupation? Why did some people leave and others stay? These difficult questions, among others, will be raised, and the heroes of the podcast will share their stories and answers.
Conversation with Melitopol people of different ages and professions who lost everything because of the war, who had to seek their new life abroad, or in other cities, who united and went to the front. It is a talk about their experiences, problems, joys, and hopes. It is about the importance of Ukrainian self-identification, language, and statehood in order to show other citizens who stayed in the city that we all face similar problems, and it is not easy for everyone. However, through the joint effort and mutual assistance, we shall withstand.
Podcast “At a distance. With Melitopol in the Heart” intends to give all groups of Melitopol residents a chance to hear the opinions of famous citizens, learn methods to improve their mental health, highlight the importance of Ukrainian discourse, language, and future. It offers the realization that Melitopol is Ukraine.
During the occupation of the city of Melitopol, many people were divided into two camps: those who left and those who stayed in the city. Because of this, each of the groups has a biased attitude towards each other, in the context of their mental resilience, the influence of russian propaganda, and the lack of regional Ukrainian content. It is especially relevant for an audience of 18-35 years old, who are highly digitalized.
The audience covers young people aged 18-35 who currently experience mental trauma caused by the war. These are people who stay in the occupied city and, under the influence of russian propaganda, they have neutral attitudes, without Ukraine-centric content about the city of Melitopol, Ukrainian values, or identity. Young citizens aged 18-35 who had to relocate from the occupied Melitopol and have deep psychological issues, they feel “useless” in a foreign country or in another city. People who want to listen to thoughts, experiences, stories of adaptation, about psychological support, and the restoration of mental health from well-known Melitopol residents.
The project’s sustainability is ensured through the ease of production, guests with real tragic stories, that can not be silenced. Important local topics that are not discussed in the media, the variety of life stories of each guest; lack of Ukrainian-language content for Melitopol residents. Archiving of the history of the war, which will allow you to accurately recreate local events during the war, and will allow residents of the city to clearly understand who they could partner with to rebuild Melitopol after the de-occupation.
“Podcast at a distance. With Melitopol in the heart"is implemented by the NGO "People.ua" together with Radio SKOVORODA thanks to financial support from ZMIN, under a grant call 2022.