About the movie

In spring 2014, following the annexation of the Crimea by Russia, groups of armed pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk, an eastern Ukraine city, seized local administrative building. They expelled Ukrainian officials and raised their own flag, called for a referendum and eventually declared independence from Kiev. From hopeful and naive beginnings to hate, destruction and infighting, 'DIY Country' shows the origins and evolution of the Donetsk People’s Republic over a two-year period. Creating a so-called new country takes a lot: chaos, adventure, geopolitics, opportunism, heroism, and broken lives, revealing the psychology and motivations of the people behind the revolution.