Submitted by uanon in Anarchism

English subtitled documentary about the life in the town of Huliaipole and its residents, ruined by Russian invasion. Locals talk about their lives and their attitude to Nestor Makhno, and their respect for him despite his opposition to statehood (including Ukrainian one). The reporter visits some places associated with Makhno, like a memorial museum and his home.

From the description: Gulyaipole is known for its native - the most odious anarchist in world history, who is rightfully considered Nestor Makhno. For more than a year, the town has been on the conflict line and does not allow the Russian occupiers to advance further into the territory of Ukraine. As a century ago, Zaporizhzhia is once again shedding blood for the right to self-determination. However, the current war has a fundamental difference - it is the attitude of the descendants of the Makhna case towards Ukrainian statehood and the understanding of who is the real enemy for them. How do Gulyaipole and nearby villages live on the front line for more than a year? How do the descendants of Makhna manage to combine the spirit of freedom and anarchy with patriotism? What do local residents hope for and what are they waiting for? How do they respond to the events of today and centuries ago? Khashchi visited the homeland of Nestor Ivanovich Makhno and tried to understand these issues.



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black_badger wrote

More bullshit attempts to marry anarchism with nationalism 👎🏾🖕🏾


uanon OP wrote (edited )

What? It's a documentary about the town and people destroyed by Russian war, showing what they think about a historical figure associated with this place. It's not an "attempt" to marry anything, the reporter just shows what people say, and doesn't aim to make a movie about anarchism specifically. How do you look at all this destruction and these old people's pity and say something like this? You're disgusting.


Bezotcovschina wrote

It looks like a first reaction of someone who fed up with legit attempts to marry anarchism with nationalism. Unfortunately I saw so much drawings of Makhno with modern Ukrainian flag on his clothes that I can understand this reaction


uanon OP wrote (edited )

I mean, it would be one thing if this was a reaction to something like "here's an article on why national-anarchism is good actually" (it's not). However it's just an angry reaction to a documentary which has pretty much nothing to do with what black_badger wrote. Getting mad at old people in a destroyed town for not having a perfectly anarchist view of Makhno is a little weird.

Although I agree that Makhno became popular even outside of anarchist circles (and no it didn't start just in the past year, it's been a thing for a while) and sometimes there were attempts to appropriate him. I've seen even Islamists use his name lol (look up the Makhno group within Sheikh Mansour batallion).