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The Ukrainian Museum's film series and traditional arts programs are supported, in part, by public funds
from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


 

May 5–6, 2017
ASN WORLD CONVENTION (4-6 May 2017) NEW DOCUMENTARIES PROGRAM

The Ukrainian Museum is proud to be a sponsor of the New Documentaries Program at the ASN World Convention, the largest international and inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind.


ASN 2017

Friday, May 5 at 4:40 p.m.

Austerlitz
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
GERMANY, 2016, 94 min.
German, English and Spanish with English subtitles
Director Olha Onyshko will take part in a Q&A after the screening.

"The immediate message we receive is that the logic of tourism blinds us to history and blocks our empathy" – Screen Daily

"[A] mesmerising documentary [and] vital entry in the growing chapter of cinema evaluating the Holocaust’s present-day legacy" – Variety

International Affairs Building, Harriman Institute
Columbia University
420 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10027
The screenings are free and open to the public.

Ukraine-raised filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa follows his reflection on mass civic resistance resistance in his two previous films (Maidan, 2015, The Event, 2016) with an exploration of our paradoxical relationship to the memory of evil. There are places in Europe that have remained as reminders of painful memories of the past - factories where humans were turned into ash. These are now memorial sites open to the public. Austerlitz refers to the novel written by W.G. Sebald, dedicated to the memory of Holocaust. This film is an observation of the visitors to a memorial site that has been founded on the territory of a former concentration camp. What are they looking for?


ASN 2017

Friday, May 5 at 4:40 p.m.

Women of Maidan
Directed by Olha Onyshko
US/UKRAINE, 2016, 66 min.
Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles
Director Olha Onyshko will take part in a Q&A after the screening.

International Affairs Building, Harriman Institute
Columbia University
420 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10027
The screenings are free and open to the public.

The film is about the role of women during the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity in 2013-2014. It takes viewers behind the scenes to one of the most riveting international news stories in years. Women courageously filled the streets, energized the nation, and sustained the protestors for over two months. The women became the heart of this spontaneous revolution. These Women of Maidan join history’s female revolutionaries who selflessly sustained political movements by providing love, nourishment, and care during desperate times. The film features dozens of interviews with Maidan women from all walks of life: students, nurses, professionals, pensioneers, and musicians.


ASN 2017

Friday, May 5 at 2:20 p.m.

When Will This Wind Stop
Directed by Anieta Astrid Gabryel
POLAND, 2016, 66 min.
Crimean Tatar and Russian with English subtitles
Idil P. Izmirli (George Mason U, US) will lead a discussion after the screening.

International Affairs Building, Harriman Institute
Columbia University
420 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10027
The screenings are free and open to the public.

The film tells the story of Crimean Tatars who remained in Crimea after the Russian annexation. The members of a few families, related to each other, became the young director’s guides to the world of Tatars. A slightly younger man, a husband and father to a family, Junus decides to stay in Crimea even after his wife and daughter have gone to continental Ukraine. He stays to take care of the grandmother, and old woman, who wants to spend her last days in Crimea. It is thanks to the old woman that we get to know the difficult 20th century history of Crimean Tatars.


ASN 2017

Friday, May 5 at 11:20 a.m.

The Displaced Ukrainians
Directed by Mark Neville
UK, 2017, 105 min.
Ukrainian, Russian and English with English subtitles
The film was commissioned by Gwendolyn Sasse, Director of the Centre for East European and Studies (ZOIS) in Berlin, Germany

International Affairs Building, Harriman Institute
Columbia University
420 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10027
The screenings are free and open to the public.

Travelling throughout Ukraine, artist Mark Neville documents Ukrainians who have been displaced by the occupation of Crimea and the war in Donbas. He makes a series of filmed, silent, slow motion sequences which visually reference the conventions of Soviet realism in 20th century painting and photography. The film is a visual meditation upon the concept of a constructed national identity. Interviews are conducted in Zhytomyr, Kyďv, Kharkiv and in areas of Donbas controlled by Ukraine. The film accompanies a new research survey undertaken by ZOIS on Ukrainian refugees in Ukraine and Russia.


ASN 2017

Friday, May 5 at 9:00 a.m. and
Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m.

Ukrainian Sheriffs
Directed by Roman Bondarchuk
UKRAINE/GERMANY, 2015, 85 min.
Russian and Ukrainian with English subtitles
Special Jury Award at at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

International Affairs Building, Harriman Institute
Columbia University
420 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10027
The screenings are free and open to the public.

In a rural village in southern Ukraine, the tragicomic sheriff duo Viktor and Volodya has to solve crimes such as the theft of two ducks. Other local problems are neighbor disputes, drunkenness, physical abuse and car breakdowns, many of which have their roots in the prevalent unemployment, poverty and illiteracy. When the mayor gives a speech, his audience consists mainly of children and old women. The seasons pass until political developments reach the village by way of the TV screen, sowing separatist discord. Around the time of the celebrations for Ukraine’s independence, the men of the village are drafted into the army.


ASN 2017

Thursday May 4, 3:10 p.m. and
Saturday, May 6 at 1:10 p.m.

The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov
Directed by Askkold Kurov
ESTONIA/POLAND, 2017, 75 min.
Russian and Ukrainian with English subtitles
SHOWN AS A SNEAK PREVIEW

International Affairs Building, Harriman Institute
Columbia University
420 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10027
The screenings are free and open to the public.

August 2015, a courtroom in Rostov. A man is peering through the bars of his cage, his eyes reveal that his nerves are about to snap. Today he will be handed down a sentence to which he must submit: 20 years’ imprisonment in Siberia for terrorism. The man is Oleg Sentsov, a film director and Maidan activist born in Simferopol in Crimea, Ukraine. He is charged with leading an anti-Russian terrorist movement and having planned attacks on bridges, power lines and a monument of Lenin during the Russian annexation. Askold Kurov investigates the truth behind this political show trial.


 

April 27–30, 2017
UMFF 2017

The Ukrainian Museum's annual film festival of recent narratives and documentaries, full-length feature films as well as shorts, from Ukraine and/or by Ukrainians.


UMFF 2017

April 30, 2017, 2:00 pm

SPECIAL SCREENING & BOOK PRESENTATION

Halyna Myroshnychenko Kuzma: Ukrainian Music Kindergarten
Director: Volodymyr Artymyshyn
Documentary
Ukrainian
USA, 2016, 38 min.

Volodymyr Artymyshyn, producer and editor of Halyna Myroshnychenko Kuzma, Ukrainian Music Kindergarten, is a lifelong enthusiast of photography. He was co-producer, videographer and editor of the Ukrainian TV show "KONTAKT" in NYC from 1991 to 1996. As a young boy in the mid 1950s, Volodymyr was a student of the Ukrainian Music Kindergarten founded by HMK in NYC, and studied piano under HMK.

The video is voiced in Ukrainian, no subtitles. See HMK's musical adaptations of "Koza Dereza," "Kotyk Kiki" (Kitten Kiki) "Lystonosha" (The Letter Carrier"). She skillfully directed the cast of young children, playing various animal roles, singing with extraordinary enthusiasm, dressed in beautifully hand crafted costumes. Now after more than 50 years, one can see the astonishing work done by HMK, from archival film and audio recordings. This unique opportunity to showcase the extraordinary achievements and contributions to the USA history of the Ukrainian diaspora by HMK is delightful.

The book presentation of Halyna Myroshnychenko Kuzma will follow the screening. The biography, written by Roman Yatsiv, is dedicated to the life and work of HMK, a great music enthusiast, a pianist, singer, teacher, artist and founder and supervisor of the Ukrainian Music Kindergarten in NYC. Special attention is paid to the pioneering methodology of HMK in children's music pedagogy.

The Ukrainian Museum's film series and traditional arts programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Additional funding for UMFF 2017 was provided by private sponsors.


UMFF 2017

April 29, 2017, 7:30 pm

FEATURE FILM

The Nest of the Turtledove
Director: Taras Tkachenko
Narrative drama
Ukrainian, English subtitles
Ukraine, 2016, 102 min.
A Ukrainian woman comes back to her native village leaving her working life in Italy behind. It is a story that resonates for a generation of Ukrainian women - working in a foreign land to build a better future for their family back home. However, where there may be financial rewards, the personal costs may be high. Ukrainian woman, Darynka is returning home after several years working in Italy. She left for Italy to find work to support her family in Bukovina in the central Eastern Carpathians of Ukraine. That work involves taking care of a wealthy Italian lawyer and his elderly mother. It is a lonely existence, she is totally dependent on her employers, the elderly woman treats her with disdain and the work is round the clock. The money offers her family an opportunity to escape the otherwise grinding poverty that would have marked their lives. It funds a new house, destined to be accommodation for visitors to this part of the Carpathian Mountains, her husband is building it, however he is doing it casually and slowly. However, while she was earning money abroad her family has slowly fallen apart. It all comes to a head upon her return. Her husband has developed a drinking problem, her daughter is in trouble, and Darynka has a secret of her own that she cannot share with her own husband. Is there light at the end of the tunnel? - Jared Morgan (edited)

The Ukrainian Museum's film series and traditional arts programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Additional funding for UMFF 2017 was provided by private sponsors.


UMFF 2017

April 29, 2017, 5:00 pm

DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

Heritage of the Nation
Director: Oleksandr Tkachuk
Ukrainian, English subtitles
Ukraine, 2016, 80 min.
A film about Ukrainian embroidered garments, shirts in particular: the symbolism, history, character and charm in popular culture. Among other things, the filmmaker employs personal stories as a way to convey the significance and importance of the wearing of embroidered garments in social and political situations.

Rain Project
Director: Oleh Chorny
Russian, English subtitles
Ukraine, 2016, 24 min.
Armed with his brushes, the mural painter Gamlet Zinkivsky roams the streets of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, 20 km from the front line. The artist's initiative does not go unnoticed.

The Ukrainian Museum's film series and traditional arts programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Additional funding for UMFF 2017 was provided by private sponsors.


UMFF 2017

April 28, 2017, 7:30 & 8:45 pm (Two sessions)

MOLODIST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:
Best of National Competition
Shorts program curated by DAMIAN KOLODIY

Molodist Shorts Set #1 at 7:30 p.m.
Be Back; Director: Andriy Kyryllov, Ukraine, 2015, 5 min.
Homefront; Illia Makarenko, Ukraine, 2016, 16 min.
Everything Will Be All Right; Director: Antonina Noiabrova, Ukraine, 2016, 16 min.
Blood Sausage; Director: Arkadiy Nepytaliuk, Ukraine, 2016, 23 min.

Q&A with Andriy Kyryllov, director of Be Back, and Damian Kolodiy

Molodist Shorts Set #2 at 8:45 p.m.
Must Escape; Director: Vadym Shapran, Ukraine, 2016, 15 min.
You Will Be Able; Director: Nikita Tymoshchuk, Ukraine, 2016, 6 min.
Rabies; Director: Marysia Nikitiuk, Ukraine, 2016, 21 min.
The End; Director: Mykyta Lyskov, Ukraine, 2016, 11 min.

The Ukrainian Museum's film series and traditional arts programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Additional funding for UMFF 2017 was provided by private sponsors.


UMFF 2017

April 27, 2017, 7:00 pm

"And the War Goes On," a BABYLON’13 film session. Opening night of UMFF, the Ukrainian Museum Film Festival.

The Sky is Falling: Three Months In the Life of Ustym Holodnyuk
Director: Volodymyr Tykhyy
Documentary
Ukrainian w/English subtitles
2016, Ukraine, 50 min.

A film about the ideals that filled the hearts of Ustym and his peers during three months of the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. Ustym’s character is revealed not through stories told by his family or friends or what he did, but instead through his concerns and motivations for which he stood on the Maidan. It is a personal story told plainly and directly by people from his generation about their shared experience. That experience reveals a sense of community with Ustym, not as a historical figure but like a dear friend whose pain and tragedy of fate becomes your own.

This film forces the audience to not just feel remorse for a 19 year old who perished on Institutstka Street three years ago, but also experience an anguish for their own wasted hopes and absence of initiative.

We continue to live in the moment epitomized as “the morning of February 20, 2014” when only a few went up the hill along Institutstka Street while at the same time, hundreds of thousands of others say “I’d have to be stupid to put myself in harm’s way.”

Plus 3 narrative shorts by Volodymyr Tykhyy:
When Pigs Fly (2016, Ukraine, Ukrainian w/English subtitles, 6 min.)
A Nightmare of Hail (2016, Ukraine, Ukrainian w/English subtitles, 3 min.)
Mines in the Garden (2016, Ukraine, Ukrainian w/English subtitles, 5 min.)

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FILMMAKERS after the screening

Moderator: Andrea Chalupa, journalist, author
· Volodymyr Artymyshyn, director, Halyna Myroshnychenko Kuzma: Ukrainian Music Kindergarten
· Damian Kolodiy, filmmaker, director of The Orange Chronicles, Freedom or Death!
· Andriy Kyryllov, filmmaker, director of Be Back
· Denys Vorontsov, creative producer, The Sky is Falling: Three Months In the Life of Ustym Holodnyuk
· Andrei Zagdansky, director, Vagrich and the Black Square

The Ukrainian Museum's film series and traditional arts programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Additional funding for UMFF 2017 was provided by private sponsors.


March 12, 2017, 2:00 pm

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)
Ukraine
Ukrainian, English subtitles; 92 min.

Guest Curator Dr. Florica Zaharia, former Conservator in Charge, Textile Conservation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Lubow Wolynetz, Folk Art Curator, The Ukrainian Museum, will speak about Carpathian Echoes: Textile Materials and Technology in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania and Ukraine at the closing event for this exhibition.

Immediately following the lecture, Ms. Wolynetz will introduce the classic film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965) by Sergei Parajanov.

"The Ukrainian film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors won almost every award in sight on the 1964 film festival circuit. But it’s become even more important in recent years, as a reminder not only of a talented director – Sergei Parajanov – but also of the restrictive Soviet approach to the arts… For anyone who’s interested in the Ukrainian culture and customs of perhaps a century ago, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a treasure, a repository of costumes, masks, superstitions and beliefs, courtship customs and the sufferings of short lives with too much work in them.
Roger Ebert, 1978


February 26, 2017, 2:00 pm

Freedom or Death! (2015)
USA/Ukraine
English/Ukr/Rus; 73 min.

Meet the Director!

Ukrainian-American filmmaker Damian Kolodiy will present his completed documentary “Freedom or Death!” Narrated by the director, the story unfolds with the shift from peaceful demonstrations to violence, and chronologically tracks how the civil uprising in Kyiv became a hybrid war with Russia having global ramifications. Q&A after the film.

This screening commemorates the 3rd anniversary of the people who perished during the Euromaidan protest, later known as the Revolution of Dignity, that took place fall and winter of 2013–2014. More than 100 civilian protesters, the "Heavenly Hundred," lost their lives in the brutal attacks by government forces.

Before the screening, the Museum will officially open the new exhibition "Revolution of Dignity. Art Exhibit: Images from Ukraine's Maidan, 2013-2014."


February 19, 2017, 2:00 pm

Bitter Harvest (2017)
Canada/Ukraine
English; 103 min.
Special pre-release screening

Starring roles:
Max Irons (son of actor Jeremy Irons) as Yuri
Terence Stamp as Ivan
Barry Pepper as Yaroslav
Samantha Barks as Natalka

Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century, BITTER HARVEST is a powerful story of love, honor, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin's genocidal policies against Ukraine in the 1930s. As Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, a young artist named Yuri (Max Irons) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka (Samantha Barks) from the Holodomor, the death-by-starvation program which ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Against this tragic backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the anti-Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine. Filmed on location in Ukraine, this epic love story brings to light one of the most devastating chapters of modern Europe.

More about the film:


January 29, 2017, 2:00 pm

Women of Maidan (2016), Ukraine
Documentary; Ukr/Rus/subtitles; 66 min.
Meet director/producer OLHA ONYSHKO

The documentary film Women of Maidan tells the story of women in the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity. Called to action after witnessing students beaten by special police forces, women brought energy, courage and support to the front lines of the revolution.

As they worked for the dignity of their nation, and a new future for their country, their combined power helped dislodge an entrenched political system.

Release Date: October 2016
Genre: Documentary
Studio: OliaFilm, LLC
Awards: Nominated for Best Feature Documentary Film, and Best Editing at Woodstock Film Festival

PRODUCED, WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND EDITED BY: Olha Onyshko
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Petro Didula
MUSIC SCORE: Yurko Duda
SOUND AND ON-LINE EDITOR: Bohdan Ilchyshyn
GRAPHICS AND ANIMATION: Cathy Wilson

@WomenofMaidan
http://www.womenofmaidan.com/


December 5, 2016, 7:30 pm

Ukrainian Sheriffs
(English subtitles)
Meet the director Roman Bondarchuk
Introduction by Dr. Yuri Shevchuk

FREE and open to the public
Co-sponsored by The Ukrainian Museum
Screening by Ukrainian Film Club @ Columbia University
VENUE: 602 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University

This is a story of two men appointed sheriffs in a village in the south of Ukraine. A mundane task of keeping law and order suddenly takes the significance of national proportions in the face of the Russian occupation of Crimea and a real prospect to become the next target of aggression. In this black comedy, the audience is left guessing where the line between reality and fiction lies.


November 5, 2016, 7 pm

Bullet Catcher
(formerly Heaven Takes No Slaves)
Genre: Feature Documentary
Prospected Running Time: 90 min
Countries of production: USA, Ukraine, Norway
Projected date of release: 2017
Production companies: Pomegranate Studios (USA) and Batytskyi Production (Ukraine)
Co-production company: Volt Film (Norway)
Shooting format: HD
Language: Ukrainian, Russian, English with English subtitles

The Ukrainian Museum is pleased to present an evening with Bullet Catcher film director and producer LESYA KALYNSKA, who will screen selected scenes from the documentary in progress. A video recording with a message from director, producer, and director of photography, RUSLAN BATYTSKYI, will also be shown. The authors will share their experience in directing the film during the revolution and war. They will discuss the many challenges and discoveries in producing this independent Ukrainian-American-Norwegian film.

The program will open with a musical introduction by pianist PAVLO GINTOV, first prize winner of Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan.

Post screening Q&A discussion with the filmmaker; the evening will close with a light reception.

This event is co-sponsored by "Razom for Ukraine."

Synopsis:
Several ordinary people are transformed into revolutionaries as millions of Ukrainians made their voices heard during the Revolution of Dignity, which took place at Maidan, a central square of Kyiv. Svitlana, Pavlo, Serhii and Vadym become members of self-defense movement, Ivan Lenyo and the band Kozak System inspired and engaged peaceful protesters with their songs, and Bohdana become media activists who streamed the events from Ukraine to world. The center of the film is a dramatic journey of Svitlana and Pavlo, who met in Maidan and instantly fell in love. Though they began as joyful activists who sang words of peace and love, they soon found themselves in a conflict much darker and more sinister: war in the eastern border of Ukraine. These once peaceful demonstrators decide to transform themselves into a politician and a soldier to fight corruption and a war with Russia.

Authors and crew:
Director, Producer, Writer: Lesya Kalynska
Director, Producer, Director of Photography: Ruslan Batytskyi
Co-producers: TJ Collins, Jonathan Borge Lie, Lars Loge
Consultant editor: Anne Fabini
Cinematographer in war zone: Anton Yaremchuk
Photographer: Sergey Mikhalchuk
Photographer in war zone: Lesko Kromplitz
Cinematographers:
Lesko Kromplitz, Anton Fursa, Anna Borysova, Taras Tomenko, Taras Tkachenko, Anastasia Lysenko, Nikon Romanchenko, Yuri Dunay.
Production Manager in Ukraine: Slava Garmash
Sound Recording and Music: Andriy Nidzelskiy, Mykhailo Zakutskyi
Assistant Editor: Olha Voytenko
Translators: Ali Kinsella, Kristina Melnick

More about Bullet Catcher:
http://www.pgranatestudios.com/html/Project_inner/bullet_inner.html

Watch the trailer:
https://youtu.be/bOwi13a6Hd4


SPECIAL SCREENING
June 18, 2016

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe (Plemya)

This is the last film in the Ukrainian Museum Film Festival 2016 (UMFF) series.

The Tribe (Plemya), 2015, Ukraine, award-winning drama by Myroslav Shlaboshpytskiy. Silent, no subtitles, 126 min.

A unique feature of The Tribe is that it was filmed without a spoken word – only in sign language, without the benefit of subtitles, intertitles, or voiceovers. A deaf mute boy joins a boarding school for similar children. Confronted by the violent and criminal antics of some of the other boys and girls, he struggles to conform and join the ‘tribe’.

WARNING: this film contains explicit sex scenes and violence. It is not rated in the U.S., however only adults age 18+ will be permitted (ID is required!). We strongly recommend that viewers read online reviews before deciding to attend.

Review: ‘The Tribe’ Communicates Without Words
By A. O. SCOTT
New York Times
JUNE 16, 2015
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/17/movies/review-the-tribe-communicates-without-words.html

How Sign-Language Thriller 'The Tribe' Became 2015's Most Intense Film
Inside story on Ukrainian drama about gangs in a school for the deaf that's left audiences speechless
By Jason Newman
Rolling Stone
June 15, 2015
http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/how-sign-language-thriller-the-tribe-became-2015-s-most-intense-film-20150615

The Tribe: A Silent Movie With a Powerful Voice
OLGA KHAZAN
The Atlantic
AUG 16, 2015
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/08/the-tribe-review-myroslav-slaboshpytskiy/401297/

Thanks to Drafthouse Films for making this screening possible.


SPECIAL SCREENING
June 10, 2016

Mamai

"Mamai," 2003, Ukraine, feature film by Oles’ Sanin. Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles, 80 min. Based on ancient Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar folklore, this is a Ukrainian version of Romeo and Juliet. This is a beautiful art film, not much dialogue.

Oles' Sanin is the director of "The Guide" ("Povodyr"), a major Ukrainian production about the execution of hundreds of Ukrainian minstrels by the Soviets, who feared their influence on the population of Ukraine. It was shown at the Museum in December 2014.

Screened in conjunction with the exhibition Orest Skop: Cossack Mamai (sneak preview; exhibition opened to the public on Sunday, June 12, 2016).


June 5, 2016

Ivan the Powerful (Ivan Syla)

This is a Ukrainian Museum Film Festival (UMFF) event.

Director: Viktor Andriyenko
Screenplay: Viktor Andriyenko, Igor Pismennyy
Camera: Oleksandr Kryshtalovych
Editor: Viktor Malyarenko
Music: Igor Stetsyuk
Cast: Dmytro Khaladgi, Ivanna Sakhno, Vasyl Virastyuk, Viktor Andriyenko, Igor Pismennyy, Bogdan Benyuk
Producer: Volodymyr Filippov, Alla Ovsyannikova, Andriy Suyarko
Production company: Insight Media Producing Center, Ukrainian State Film Agency
Ukraine, 2013, 89 min.
Ukrainian w/English subtitles

The film’s main character was modeled after a Ukrainian circus strong man Ivan Firtsak, who was recognized as the strongest man on the planet. In 1928, when he stopped performing abroad and returned to his homeland. The film presents some pages of young Ivan’s life, when he went through many trials with dignity, he steeled his heart and became an invincible giant of strength and spirit. The film was presented by Ivanna Sakhno, who plays the love interest of the film's hero.


June 3, 2016

Short Films Program II

This is a Ukrainian Museum Film Festival (UMFF) event.

Short documentary films in three parts

(1) Serhiy Lysenko’s films "Rotation" (Rotatsiia), 2014, Ukraine, 6 min., Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles; "The Southern Border" (Pivdennyi kordon), 2014, Ukraine, 14 min., Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles.

(2) “Romani dream,” 2014, series directed by Roman Bondarchuk. They want to be model Ukrainian citizens: "Diana," Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles, 4 min.; "Myroslav," Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles, 6 min.; "Denys," Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles, 5 min.; Renata, Romani/Rus. w/Eng. subtitles, 7 min.

(3) "Mova," 2016, directed by Serhiy Lysenko. Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles, 16 min. Lysenko takes us to the East and South of Ukraine, where activists organize free Ukrainian language courses.

The Ukrainian Museum is grateful to the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival for sharing these important and insightful documentary films with our audiences.

Part 1:

Rotation (Rotatsiia), 2014, Ukraine, 6 min., Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles. Director: Serhiy Lysenko. Production: Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation and International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival Docudays UA. The film was created with the support of International Renaissance Foundation and International Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

This documentary tells the story of the soldiers of 13th Area Defense Battalion of Chernihiv, who had been at the front and under constant fire from the Russian Federation for six long months. The soldiers’ relatives hired lawyers to help them to press the military leadership to get leave for the battalion. They filmed a video appeal to the President. Serhiy Lysenko documents the process they underwent.

The Southern Border (Pivdennyi kordon), 2014, Ukraine, 14 min., Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles. Director: Serhiy Lysenko. Production: Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation and International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival Docudays UA. The film was created with the support of International Renaissance Foundation and International Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

The Russian Federation has been waging an undeclared war in Eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian army was practically destroyed by the pro-Russian regime. In the first days of Russian aggression volunteers and social activists started a movement for restoring Ukrainian army. They raise money, and collect food and clothing to provide soldiers with the essentials.

The situation in the south of Ukraine, in the Kherson region, is very intense because there is still a real threat of a Russian invasion from Crimea. The filmmakers set out for a journey together with Natalya who transports needed goods for the soldiers who are defending the southern border of the country.

Part 2:

“Romani dream,” 2014, series of four short films directed by Roman Bondarchuk. They want to be model Ukrainian citizens: Diana, Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles, 4 min.; Myroslav, Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles, 6 min.; Denys, Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles, 5 min.; Renata, Romani/Rus. w/Eng. subtitles, 7 min. Director: Roman Bondarchuk. Production: Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation and International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival Docudays UA. The series was created with the support of Kherson City Association of Journalists “Pivden” and International Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Diana is 23 years old she lives in the “Radvanka” settlement. She is a mother of two children from two marriages and she doesn’t give up the dream of studying and becoming a professional choreographer. Diana runs dance workshop at the local Roma school. She is convinced that when people stop dance their folk dances the nation will stop its existence.

Myroslav works at the regional Television and Radio Broadcasting Company where he makes and presents a weekly broadcast for Roma people. The topics of these shows include sports competitions in which Roma people participate, work of Roma organizations, and even historical events which aim to awake the self-respect of the Roma people.

Denys was raised in an orphanage where he runs music workshop now. He lives in the settlement, in his mother-in-law’s house with his wife and three children. However, he always wears for work career apparel with a tie and polished shoes. Denys has bought a plot of land and he dreams of building the house and leaving the settlement.

Renata was born in a settlement in Mukacheve. She studied to become a lawyer at the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management (the IAPM) and moved to the town with her parents. Recently, Renata started to work in the Centre for Legal Information and Consulting which was founded in the former house of her parents. For the first time in Mukacheve settlement history, Roma people can get a free legal consultation. Renata helps to renew passports, to issue birth certificates for children, and represents Roma people’s interests in courts.

Part 3:

«If there are more books out there at the East, and if those books are read, then maybe, we won't buy any more bulletproof vests...»

Language (Mova) 2016, directed by Serhiy Lysenko. Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles, 16 min. Production: Pivden NGO and Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. The film production is supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine.

In the East and the South of Ukraine many people do not speak Ukrainian. Activists organize free courses for everyone who wants to learn, bring book fairs and music bands to cities and towns, organize meetings with writers.


June 2, 2016

Mezhyhiria

This is a Ukrainian Museum Film Festival (UMFF) event.

Mezhyhiria
2013, Ukraine, documentary by Volodymyr Tykhyy. Ukr./Rus. w/Eng. subtitles, 53 min.

Before the Euromaidan, investigative journalists Serhiy Leshchenko and Mustafa Nayyem, both of whom are now MPs in Ukraine’s parliament, and others, track the trail of ownership of the Mezhyhiria compound, once a public park and former State House, which mysteriously became a private estate for Viktor Yanukovych, then the President of Ukraine.

The 140-hectare Mezhyhiria complex is enclosed by a five meter tall fence along the 54 km (34 mi) perimeter. On its territory are located a yacht pier, equestrian club, shooting range, tennis court and many other recreational tourism complexes as well as hunting grounds. The lease of 1 ha (2.5 acres) in Mezhyhirya for Yanukovych cost 314 hryvnia per month (2010), which was about $39.57 according to the exchange rate then. Yanukovych lived on this property 2002 until 21 February 2014, the day that he abandoned the estate and fled to Russia. See Wikipedia: "Mezhyhirya Residence" (https|//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mezhyhirya_Residence) for more about this topic.


SPECIAL SCREENING
May 19, 2016

Haytarma

This is a Ukrainian Museum Film Festival (UMFF) event.

Haytarma, 2013, Ukraine, is a historical drama directed by Akhtem Seitablaiev. Crimean Tatar/Rus. w/Eng. subtitles, 90 min. The winner of several international awards, Haytarma is about the forced deportation of the Crimean Tatars by Soviet authorities in 1944. Based on a true story, Haytarma portrays Crimean Tatar test pilot Amet-khan Sultan’s efforts to protect his people.

The film will be introduced and discussed by Ayla Bakkalli, U.S. Representative of the Mejlis and U.S. member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars.


May 15, 2016

The Living Fire (Zhyva Vatra)

This is a Ukrainian Museum Film Festival (UMFF) event.

The Living Fire (Zhyva vatra), 2014, Ukraine, documentary by Ostap Kostiuk. Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles, 77 min. An artistic portrayal of the life of Ukrainian shepherds in the Carpathian Mountains, and the fate of traditional crafts in a changing, modern world.


May 14, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Short Films Program I

This is a Ukrainian Museum Film Festival (UMFF) event.

Three short films:
Crimea SOS (Krym SOS)
Euromaidan SOS
Automaidan

Three films from the “Encyclopedia of the Maidan” series directed by Serhiy Lysenko: Crimea SOS (Krym SOS), 2016, Ukraine, 19 min., Ukr./Rus. w/Eng. subtitles; Euromaidan SOS, 2016, Ukraine, 21 min., Ukr./Rus. w/Eng subtitles; Automaidan, 2016, Ukraine, 17 min., Rus./Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles. The protagonists are ordinary people who changed the reality in modern Ukraine.

Our thanks to DocuDays Film Festival and to the filmmakers for sharing these historical films with us.


May 14, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Our Hope (Nasha Nadiya)

This is a Ukrainian Museum Film Festival (UMFF) event.

Our Hope (Nasha Nadiya), 2014, Ukraine, documentary by Volodymyr Tykhyy and Yuliya Shashkova. Ukr./Rus. w/Eng. subtitles, 45 min. Kidnapped by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine and handed over to Russia, pilot Nadiya Savchenko was accused of having killed two Russian state-television journalists. She was charged and convicted, and subsequently sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Nasha Nadiya was first shown at The Ukrainian Museum in February 2015. We are screening it as part of UMFF 2016 because of her recent conviction and Russia's wavering regarding her release to Ukraine.


May 13, 2016

Ivan the Powerful (Ivan Syla)

This is a Ukrainian Museum Film Festival (UMFF) event.

Director: Viktor Andriyenko
Screenplay: Viktor Andriyenko, Igor Pismennyy
Camera: Oleksandr Kryshtalovych
Editor: Viktor Malyarenko
Music: Igor Stetsyuk
Cast: Dmytro Khaladgi, Ivanna Sakhno, Vasyl Virastyuk, Viktor Andriyenko, Igor Pismennyy, Bogdan Benyuk
Producer: Volodymyr Filippov, Alla Ovsyannikova, Andriy Suyarko
Production company: Insight Media Producing Center, Ukrainian State Film Agency
Ukraine, 2013, 89 min.
Ukrainian w/English subtitles

The film’s main character was modeled after a Ukrainian circus strong man Ivan Firtsak, who was recognized as the strongest man on the planet. In 1928, when he stopped performing abroad and returned to his homeland. The film presents some pages of young Ivan’s life, when he went through many trials with dignity, he steeled his heart and became an invincible giant of strength and spirit. The film was presented by Ivanna Sakhno, who plays the love interest of the film's hero.


May 12, 2016

The Living Fire (Zhyva Vatra)

This is a Ukrainian Museum Film Festival (UMFF) event.

The Living Fire (Zhyva vatra), 2014, Ukraine, documentary by Ostap Kostiuk. Ukr. w/Eng. subtitles, 77 min. An artistic portrayal of the life of Ukrainian shepherds in the Carpathian Mountains, and the fate of traditional crafts in a changing, modern world.



 


 

 

 

April 22, 2016

The Russian Woodpecker
In memory of the Chornobyl (Ukraine) nuclear disaster, April 26, 1986

The Russian Woodpecker
2015, Ukraine, UK, USA
Director Chad Gracia
Documentary
Russian w/Eng subtitles
Color, 80 min

The Russian Woodpecker is a thrilling, award winning investigation into the ghosts of the Soviet Union and the mind of an irradiated Ukrainian artist on a quest to discover the "criminal" behind the Chornobyl nuclear disaster. Unforgettably eccentric artist Fedor Alexandrovich begins his quest by revealing to the world an enormous secret Soviet weapon that stands in the shadow of Chornobyl, and which Kremlinologists in the 1980s thought might be a giant mind-control device. But what Fedor discovers is much more sinister. While his theory that Chornobyl was an inside job may seem mad, the audience too starts to question reality when secret police appear and one of the crew members is shot by a sniper, as revolution, paranoia and terror engulf the crew. This Sundance Grand Jury winner and darling of critics worldwide pushes the boundaries of the documentary form while telling a crucial story about the deadly dance between Ukraine and Russia, and hinting at what Putin has in mind next. In Gracia's documentary/conspiracy thriller, Alexandrovich returns to the ghost towns in the radioactive Exclusion Zone to try to find answers - and to decide whether to risk his life by revealing them, amid growing clouds of Ukraine's emerging revolution and war.

Chronicle of Severe Days

View it online: youtu.be/4Pyw1c-YeWg
From www.elenafilatova.com:
The video is a part of the footage shot by Volodymyr (Vladimir) Shevchenko just days after the Chernobyl disaster. Schevchenko made a trip with a cameraman to the nuclear plant. They witnessed the evacuation of Pripyat, the brave attempts of soldiers and workers to limit the effects of the fallout, and many more. The film "Chronicle of Severe Days" was created with the footage. Shevchenko died just days after his trip, suffering from the severe radiation.



 


 

March 12, 2016

Sheep in Wood

1976
With Jacques Hnizdovsky
Film by Slavko Nowitsky
Music composed by Marian Kouzan
Produced by Nowitsky & Associates
10 min.
The artist works on the woodcut Sheep.

Jacques Hnizdovsky, 1915-1985

2006
Silent
Produced by The Ukrainian Museum
3 min.
Vignettes from the life of the artist Jacques Hnizdovsky; photo stills from the UM collection, Stephanie Hnizdovsky, Max Pyziur

Films introduced by guest curator, Prof. Jaroslaw Leshko, at the opening of the exhibition Jacques Hnizdovsky: Content and Style. Evolving Perspectives


March 11, 2016

American Dream (Amerykanska mriya)
Meet the director!

Pre-release screening
A Ukrainian journalist takes a road trip across the U.S. with a truck driver traveling ocean to ocean, across eleven states, traversing more than 6,000 miles. Hundreds of dreams, thoughts, successes, and disappointments are revealed in conversations with recent immigrants and locals.

If you were an immigrant, what expectations would you have? Did your parents and grandparents have?

Director: Volodymyr Mula, journalist and news anchor for hromadske.tv
Writers: Mykola Vasylkov, Volodymyr Mula
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Language: Ukrainian and Russian w/English subtitles
Release Year: 2015
Filming Locations: USA
Production Co: Teleprostir
Runtime: 65 min
Color: Color


March 2016
PYSANKA: The Ukrainian Easter Egg

Screened with each pysanka workshop, during pysanka demonstrations by artists, school pysanka workshops.
Directed by Slavko Nowytski
USA, 1976, 2006
Internationally acclaimed 14 minute film by Slavko Nowytski featuring pysanka artist Luba Perchyshyn. Artistically shows the decorating process of Ukrainian Easter Eggs while explaining historic and spiritual background.


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