Ukraine's Babyn Yar project awarded at Cannes Lions festival
The Ukrainian project Babyn Yar named after a site in Kyiv where German Nazi forces committed mass massacres in 1941 has been awarded a bronze figure for the best soundtrack at the Cannes Lions 2017 international festival of creativity, according to the to the TV news service TSN.
The award was given to the Ukraine Crisis Media Center for commemorating the Babyn Yar tragedy when about 34,000 people were killed within two days, on September 28-29, 1941.
Ukrainian composer Svyatoslav Lunev created the music to the performance. There was an installation made of pipes for air flows to create specific sounds symbolizing the voices of victims' souls.
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Cannes Lions is a contest with more than half a century history. It is also called Oscars for advertisers and marketers. Ukraine has received such an award at the festival for the first time.
At the same time, a social project, Meet Graham, received the Grand Prix at Cannes Lions 2017. Graham is a human dummy developed by the Australian authorities and Clemenger BBDO to draw attention to the effects of car accidents. After the release of the video, Graham became a meme, the first one to receive the Cannes Lions prize.