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

June 29, 2019
Concert & Film "Silent Music for Reflection" 3rd Open International Musical Marathon in Memory of Wassyl Slipak (1974-2016)

Born in Ukraine, Wassyl (Vasyl) Slipak put his career as a baritone in Paris on hold in order to join the volunteers defending Ukraine’s eastern border. On 29 June 2016, at approximately 6 a.m., he was killed by a sniper shot near Luhansk. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko posthumously awarded Slipak the title of Hero of Ukraine.

Pavlo Gintov, piano
Hanna Golodinskii, soprano
Denys Savelyev, flute

· Wassyl Slipak as Mephistopheles sings "The Golden Calf" from the opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod (2:26)
· Wassyl Slipak as Don Giovanni's servant Leporello sings to Elvira "Madamina, il catalogo è questo" (also known as the Catalogue Aria), one of Mozart's most famous and popular arias (6:19)
· "Opera Singer from France on the War in Ukraine" (Hromadske TV) Wassyl Slipak had been already living in France for 19 years. He sang with the Paris Opera, but was a volunteer fighter on the Ukrainian frontline, where he was called "Myth" (4:36); Wassyl Slipak sings a Ukrainian folk song as he loads his weapon: "Misiats na nebi, ziron'ky siaiut'" ("The Moon Is in the Heavens, the Stars Are Shining") (0:50)

This multi-city event is organized by the Wassyl Slipak Foundation (Ukraine). Concerts are being coordinated in Ukraine: Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyi, Chernivtsi, Ternopil, Bila Tserkva, and Mariupol; France: Paris, Le Raincy, Uzès; and in the U.S.: New York City.

UMFF 2019

May 31–June 2, 2019
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 2019

June 2, 2019
Our Ukrainian American Legacy

2018, U.S.
Directed by Roman M. Brygider
English. U.S., 54 mins.

The film was introduced and discussed by the film's director, Roman M. Brygider.

Our Ukrainian American Legacy is written, produced and directed by former PBS producer and three-time Emmy Award winner Roman Brygider. It is presented in English and was shot in New York City, Pennsylvania and New Jersey during 2017 and 2018 as a tribute to the people of Ukraine and their on going struggle for economic, political and democratic social reforms.

Featured are some familiar faces from the Ukrainian community who are engaged in political activism, the media, arts, education, business and the promotion of Ukrainian cultural traditions.

UMFF 2019

June 1, 2019
Multipede Ignotum

2017, Ukraine
Directed by Hanna Tykha
Ukraine, 7 min.
Animated short
English, narrated by Marko Suprun

UMFF 2019

June 1, 2019
Brama (The Gateway)

2017, Ukraine
Directed by Volodymyr Tykhyy
Ukrainian w/Eng. subtitles; Ukraine, 108 min.
Supernatural thriller, horror, dark comedy
Directory Films, Ukrainian State Film Agency

The film was introduced by screenwriter and actor Andrij Witiuk; Q&A with filmmaker Yulia Shashkova.

Inside the Chornobyl exclusion zone Baba (grandma) Prisa, the family matriarch, consorts with water nymphs, eats a diet filled with hallucinogenic mushrooms, and claims to have personally stabbed 12 SS soldiers to death during World War II. She lives together with her divorced and chronically ill daughter Slava and grandson Vova. Unexpectedly, their measured life comes to an end – Baba Prisa receives a mystical warning about an impending catastrophe.

The story is based on the play "At the Beginning and the End of Time" by Pavlo Arie.

UMFF 2019

June 1, 2019
Crimea: Russia's Dark Secret

Ukraine, 48 min. Crimean Tatar, Ukrainian, Russian, English subtitles
Director: Jamie Doran. Producer: Lisa Yasko

75 years ago, in 1944, the Kremlin initiated an action ordered by Stalin to evict Crimean Tatars from their homeland. They were transported in cattle cars in inhumane conditions and many thousands perished en route to their assigned places of exile. This deportation/genocide is known as the Sürgünlik.

The film was introduced and discussed by Dr. Huseyin Oylupinar (Turkish-Ukrainian-Crimean Tatar Studies at CMES, Harvard University).

Jamie Doran is an award-winning Irish-Scottish independent documentary filmmaker and former BBC producer who shot many films about the hottest points of the modern world and received four Emmy awards for his work.

Crimea: Russia’s Dark Secret reveals the current occupation of Crimea by Russia and its systematic and blatant violations of the human rights on the territory of the peninsula.

UMFF 2019

May 31, 2019
The First Company (Persha Sotnia)

Ukraine, 2018, 100 min. Ukrainian, Russian, English subtitles
Directed by Yaroslav Pilunskyi/Yuriy Gruzinov/Yulia Shashkova

This documentary was shot in real time by our team primarily during the Revolution of Dignity, 2013-2014. The time was very intense for a nation that was still floundering among the ruins of Soviet Union. But with great hope for a bright future, the people of Ukraine stood ready to fight. The filmmakers did too, and continue to fight, not with weapons, but armed with cameras. The protesters on Kyiv's Maidan started out as a disorderly mess, but slowly shaped up into defense groups, some of which eventually joined the volunteer forces in Eastern Ukraine to fight off the Russian invaders. Those early (2014) volunteers having little or no previous military experience in haphazard and had much to learn, starting with simple organizational exercises.

Film director Yulia Shashkova discussed the film after the screening.


May 2–4, 2019

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

ASN 2019

Thursday, May 2
Saturday, May 4
Hungary 2018
Hungary, Portugal, 2018, 82 min.
Directed by Eszter Hajdú
In Hungarian and English with English subtitles

Twenty-eight years after the fall of communism and on the eve of a new presidential election, Hungary has arrived at a political crossroads.

Thursday, May 2
The Cacophony of Donbas
Russia, 2017, 61 min.
Directed by Igor Minaev
In Russian with English subtitles

The film explores the creation of the myth about the Donbas by using archive footage from documentary and feature films. The plot develops along two planes. The first is life through the eyes of Soviet propaganda and the Donbas as a showcase of ideology. The second is real life, hidden from unwelcome eyes. The film uses archive footage and recordings of interviews with former Donbas residents who witnessed Russian aggression and became its victims. Life promised to become a symphony of work, joy and welfare, but turned out to be a delusion and a manipulation. Now there are no illusions left.

Friday, May 3
Saturday, May 4
The Distant Barking of Dogs
Denmark, 2017, 91 min.
Directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont
In Russian, Ukrainian with English subtitles

Oleg, 10, lives with his grandmother near the front lines in the Donbas war. The director succeeds in filming the conflict from a child’s perspective. He does not take political sides; rather, by focusing on private drama, he reveals the ravages of war in their saddest, most universal form.

Friday, May 3
The Trial
Netherlands, 2018, 127 min.
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
In Russian with English subtitles

The Trial is comprised of painstakingly researched and restored black-and-white footage chronicling one of Stalin’s first show trials, which took place in 1930 in Moscow. The suspenseful, life-threatening situation is real, while the crime is fake. The accused — a group of top-ranking economists and engineers, charged with forming a secret pact with French Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré and other Western leaders in order to restore capitalism and fracture the USSR — are forced to confess to crimes they never committed. The court, presided by Andrey Vyshinsky, who later became known as the key prosecutor in the 1937 show trials, delivers death sentences.

Friday, May 3
Before Father Gets Back
Georgia, France, Germany, 2018, 75 min.
Directed by Mari Gulbiani
In Georgian with English subtitles

More Georgians are being radicalised and leaving to fight in Syria. Their children grow up in a fatherless environment. Eva and Iman record their everyday lives while waiting for their fathers. No one knows if they will ever return. The small and remote Pankisi region has traditionally been inhabited by moderate Muslims, but in recent years the adherents of Wahhabism, the fundamentalist form of Islam, has grown dramatically.

Friday, May 3
Russia, 2019, 75 min.
Directed by Askold Kurov
In Russian, with English subtitles

Is it even possible to engage in independent journalism in Russia? Yes, but those who do so must be prepared to pay a high price. A look behind the scenes of Novaya Gazeta, one of the largest independent newspapers in Russia. Since 2000, the newspaper has lost six of its members. Over the course of 18 months, the film records how journalists choose their subjects, and how they respond to the sudden kidnapping of one of their editors.

April 24, 2019
Chronicle of Severe Days (1986)

Note 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 exposure.

Screened with a special presentation by with Kateryna Pavlova, Head of the International Cooperation and Public Relations Department of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, in conjunction with the anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster (April 26, 1986). View it online: youtu.be/4Pyw1c-YeWg


April 12, 2019
Performance/film "Zhadan & the Bushwick Book Club"

Featuring new music, art, film and tattoos inspired by Zhadan’s poetry. The event is curated by Susan Hwang, who appeared in Yara’s “Capt John Smith Goes to Ukraine” and wrote the song “Mushroom of Donbas” inspired by a Zhadan poem. NYC songwriters Susan Hwang, Charlie Nieland, Rachelle Garniez, John S. Hall, Dallin Applebaum, Andi Rae Healy, Ray Brown and Erel Pilo will perform new songs. Filmmakers Lisa Barnstone, Roman Turovsky, artist Emilia Devitis and tattoo artist Tasha Rubinow will display new work in response to Zhadan's latest release.

Art film shorts by Serhii Zhadan:
Search (2019)
Needle (2019)


March/April 2019
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.

February 17, 2019

Absolut Warhola

Director Stanislaw Mucha
80 min. Documentary (art, comedy)
Language: Ruthenian/Slovak w/English subtitles
Strandfilm/Frankfurt (Germany/Slovakia)
Cast: Maria Warhola, Michal Warhola, Helena Bezekova, Ingrid Bosnovicova, Eva Prextova, Janko Zavacky

Mucha’s light-hearted documentary traces Warhol’s roots to the town of Medzilaborce and the neighboring village of Mikova, where the director interviews Andy’s family members.


February 3, 2019

Absolut Warhola

Director Stanislaw Mucha
80 min. Documentary (art, comedy)
Language: Ruthenian/Slovak w/English subtitles
Strandfilm/Frankfurt (Germany/Slovakia)
Cast: Maria Warhola, Michal Warhola, Helena Bezekova, Ingrid Bosnovicova, Eva Prextova, Janko Zavacky

Mucha’s light-hearted documentary traces Warhol’s roots to the town of Medzilaborce and the neighboring village of Mikova, where the director interviews Andy’s family members.

Artist and writer JAMES WARHOLA (Andy Warhol’s nephew), introduced and discussed the award-winning film.

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