About Us

PRIDE of UKRAINE is the inspiration of Canadian documentary filmmaker, and openly 'out' transwoman, Michelle Emson. The film has been produced in association with KyivPride founding member Olena Semenova and with the cooperation of the KyivPride Organisational Committee.


In June 2014 four members of KyivPride were flown to Toronto, Canada by the incredible generosity of the owners of the Canadian/Ukrainian "Slava Vodka" company. John & Katherine Vellinga brought the four to Canada to attend the World Pride Human Rights Conference and to participate in the World Pride March on June 29th, 2014. Michelle was there to record the visit.


The project grew from a simple documentary of the visit into a production that would show the stark difference between PRIDE in Toronto and Kyiv. It aims to inspire hope in the Ukrainian LGBT community that one day KyivPride will become the celebration that Toronto PRIDE has become.


The project is a not-for-profit venture and has been funded by the incredible generosity of supporters from Canada, USA, Germany, and Ukraine.


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Director & Executive Producer: Michelle Emson

PRIDE of UKRAINE is a Sanctuary Studios Inc and KyivPride Canada Production.

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