Roses. Film-Cabaret is a tragicomic musical, featuring 7 actresses of the Dakh Daughters Band, living through the pivotal moment of the 2014 Maidan Revolution — a story of civil dignity and will be born in Ukraine, told in the language of cabaret. This political cabaret draws its magic from combining the joie de vivre and the horror of the devastating war — even if we don’t see it yet, its shadow was always there, darkened by the bright stage lights.
Composed of 7 Ukrainian female musicians, Dakh Daughters has been performing around Kiev since 2012. They perform with choreography with their faces in white paint and dressed in various costumes. Going into the crowd with flags in the square, next to the citizens confronting the authorities, Dakh Daughters cannot stop thinking about what they could say with their music. The camera diligently records the present of the Ukrainian musicians that ask, “When if not now? Who if not us?” (Nam Sunwoo)
Irena Stetsenko worked as a sound producer and sound designer with TV stations, documentary film productions, and musicians. Since 2013, she has been fully attached to the Freak Cabaret Dakh Daughters Band as a sound producer and a director of their music documentary video stories. Her debut feature documentary Roses. Film-Cabaret was introduced at Docudays UA(2021) and had its international premiere at Sheffield DocFest.