Don't miss the opportunity to see this storied film, a screen adaptation of the first Ukrainian opera, composed by Semen Hulak-Artemovsky in 1863.
Zaporozhets za Dunayem (Zaporozhets Beyond the Danube, also known as Cossacks in Exile and Cossacks Across the Danube) tells the story of the freedom-loving Cossacks who survived the destruction of the Zaporozhian Host by the Muscovite troops of Catherine the Great and subsequently moved into Ottoman territory, where they established a military settlement, or Sich, on the Danube River. Far from their beloved Ukraine, they dream of returning home. The film is a blend of comedy, melodrama, and an abundance of iconic Ukrainian songs.
The making of the film is a story in itself. In fact, the film owes its existence to the dedication and determination of Ukrainian immigrants who, scattered around North America in the 1930s, mobilized to raise money for its production. Zaporozhets za Dunayem was shot on a huge set in New Jersey built expressly for the purpose, with the visionary film producer and celebrated champion of Ukrainian culture and folk dance Vasyl Avramenko recruiting the film director Edgar Ulmer to direct the film.
Zaporozhets za Dunayem (1938, b/w, 52 minutes; in Ukrainian with English subtitles)
will be introduced by Dr. Yuri Shevchuk of Columbia University; the university's Ukrainian Film Club is the co-organizer of the film screening. Dr. Shevchuk will also lead a post-screening discussion of the film, which will be followed by a reception.
To reserve your tickets for the screening of Zaporozhets za Dunayem ($15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students), please contact the Museum at 212.228.0110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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