Before the full-scale invasion, subversive collective Rebel Queers would defy the heteronormative and patriarchal world that so suffocated them by scrawling on the walls of Kyiv: ‘Queer Sex,’ ‘Make Queer Punk Again,’ and ‘Be Queer, Do Crime, Hail Satan,’ among others.
The driving force behind Rebel Queers is Angelika Ustymenko, a non-binary and neurodivergent artist and filmmaker.When their country and community came under attack, they resolved to document the experiences of queer Ukrainians during wartime. On the first anniversary of the full-scale invasion, Angelika began a new phase of their documentary project, collaborating with Huck Docs to collect queer soldiers’ reflections after a year of war and broadening the focus to include other forms of queer resistance.
Angelika Ustymenko (they/them) is a non-binary queer artist and activist. They are a part of Rebel Queers, whose protests do not define themselves by being against anything but rather by honoring queer people and realizing their liberation. In 2022, Angelika made a documentary about Ukrainian queer people during the war. Recently, they made a new documentary about queer people in the Ukrainian army as well as a fiction short film Before Curfew.
Alex King is Senior Editor at Huck Magazine in London. He writes and makes documentaries about humanitarian issues, activism, and alternative culture. Formerly based in Athens, he wrote for international publications such as The Guardian, Dazed, Vice, and Novara Media. He is a creative producer with independent documentary collective Perfidious Productions and produced Athena Skates for Red Bull, Still, Moving for Nowness, and the debut feature doc Tight: The Rise of Indian Bodybuilding is currently in post-prod.