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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.

December 2, 2012 2 p.m.
My Mother's Village

Directed by John Paskievich
Produced by Joe MacDonald
Writing by John Paskievich
National Film Board of Canada
Montreal, PQ, 2001. 101 min
English and Ukrainian w/English subtitles
In a documentary that spans two continents and several generations, acclaimed director John Paskievich delves into the experience of exile and its impact on the human spirit. A rich tapestry of memory and history, the film brings to light the humour, anger, joy and complexity of living between borders. The screening will be followed by a talk by bandurist Julian Kytasty, composer and performer of the film's musical score. My Mother's Village received the BLIZZARD Award (2003) for Best Musical Score.

November 11–25, 2012
(running continuously in conjunction with the special exhibition Holodomor: Genocide by Famine)
The Living (Zhyvi)
Ukrainian, English subtitles and English voice-over
Copyright: International Charitable Fund Ukraine-3000, 2008
A Lystopad Film Production
75 min.
Director: Serhiy Bukovsky
Script writers: Serhiy Bukovsky, Serhiy Trymbach, Victoria Bondar, and Yevhenia Kravchuk
Cinematographer: Volodymyr Kukorenchuk
Producers: Mark Edwards and Victoria Bondar

First screened in The Ukrainian Museum on March 3, 2009, with the personal appearances of director Sergiy Bukovsky and co-producer Victoria Bondar, who were in New York a day earlier to host the presentation at the Jewish Heritage Museum of one of their other films Spell Your Name, produced by Steven Spielberg.

They were children when everything was taken away from their parents. Children of farmers who lived on and tilled the world's most fertile soil and who were thrown into the grip of hunger to die a slow agonizing death. Those who survived were destined to serve as an obedient army of slaves Only now are these people beginning to talk about their experience. How their parents were whipped and driven towards a "bright future". How every last possession was taken away. How whole villages were dying. And how they survived, despite it all "I wish our generation had never been born," says one of the witnesses.

Among the narrators is Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine. We see him at the burial site of Holodomor victims in his home village of Khuruzhivka in the Sumy region. And after that a field of golden grain appears, a reminder of the recent past. The filmmakers chose not to use original music in the film. Instead we hear all of the sounds-and songs-related to these personal histories.

The film interlaces the Holodomor tragedy with the global upheavals of the early 1930s: the collapse of economy in the USA, Hitler's coming to power in Germany, Stalin's war with the peasantry. This last group was defending private property, so they either had to acknowledge defeat, or die. But in 1933 peasants were left with no choice. The Ukrainian problem-any display of independent national policy-was meant to be solved at the same time.

May 3–6, 2012
Kinofest NYC

The Ukrainian Museum is a founding sponsor of the independent film festival kinofestNYC.com.

Kinofest NYC is back for its third consecutive year! This year, the film festival – the only one in New York to feature Ukrainian and post-Soviet films – will include seven sessions at two screening venues, the Museum (UM) and the Anthology Film Archives (AFA, 32 2nd Avenue, corner of 2nd St.). Tickets are $10 per screening.
View the complete Kinofest NYC 2012 program (PDF 3.6MB).


Thursday, May 3, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Kinofest NYC
Venue: The Ukrainian Museum

The Ukrainian Museum will kick off the weekend of film with filmmaker Maryna Vroda, who will show her short Cross Country, winner of the 2011 Palme d'Or Best Short Film award at Cannes, and The Rain. The screening will be followed by introductions of all the visiting filmmakers from Ukraine and Germany.

Cross Country
Ukraine, 2011
Rus w/Eng subtitles

The Rain
Ukraine, 2007
Ukr w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Maryna Vroda


Friday, May 4, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Kinofest NYC
Venue: Anthology Film Archives

The Other Chelsea: A Story from Donetsk
Germany, 2010
Rus/Eng w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Jakob Preuss
This is the New York premiere of the award-winning The Other Chelsea: A Story from Donetsk, directed by German-born filmmaker Jakob Preuss. Just in time for Eurocup 2012, The Other Chelsea is a revealing film about soccer and politics in Ukraine. Preuss, who lives in Berlin, will be in New York to present his film. The Other Chelsea explores the links among sports, business, and politics in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk – home to Shakhtar Donetsk, the winning Ukrainian football team (soccer in the U.S.), and to billionaire football supporter Rinat Akhmetov, and home base for Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovych. In his film, Preuss illustrates the social and political decline that Ukraine's new elite have entrenched in their country. He humorously tells the story of the discordant worlds of increasing wealth and poverty by following two ardent fans – a coal miner and a well-to-do politician. Their worlds meet in the Donetsk football stadium where, despite their differences, they are united by their strong ties to the nostalgia of their Soviet past.


Saturday, May 5, 2012 2 p.m.
Kinofest NYC
Venue: Anthology Film Archives

The Woman with the 5 Elephants
Switzerland, 2009
Ger/Rus w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Vadim Jendreyko
No, the woman is not a circus trainer. She's Kyiv-born 86-year-old Svetlana Geier, a world-renowned Fyodor Dostoyevsky scholar. And the elephants are five of Dostoyevsky's major works that Svetlana has been translating into German, a 20-year project. As the film opens, she's near completion. Highly intelligent and down-to-earth sweet, Svetlana is fascinating to listen to and watch as she translates collaboratively, prepares meals for her visiting family, or meticulously attends to household chores. Her life story is riveting. We discover, among other things, that her father, an agronomist, died a victim of Stalin's purges and that young Svetlana, to survive during World War II, became a German translator for the Nazis when they occupied Kyiv. Having relocated permanently to Germany during the war, Svetlana returns by train to Kyiv nearly 65 years later. A deeply satisfying film.

Russia, 2010
Rus w/ Eng subtitles
Directed by Svetozar Goloviev


Saturday, May 5, 2012 5 p.m.
Kinofest NYC
Venue: Anthology Film Archives
Post-Soviet Film Shorts

Ukraine, 2011
Directed by Maxim Afanasyev
The filmmaker uses stop-motion animation to nightmarishly depict a macabre couple whose only delight is watching their coin-operated TV.

Cradle of Destiny
Ukraine, 2010
Ukr w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Serhiy Siliava
Societys expectations and roles foisted on us, symbolically represented by a surreal sequence of footwear and feet.

Russia/Chechnya, 2012
Rus/Chechen w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Ruslan Magomadov
An ingenious elderly Chechen forages to survive in the wasteland of Chechnyas Russian-artillery-obliterated capital, Grozny.

One More Day
Ukraine, 2011
Ukr w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Olexandr Rudyk
A sweet, old 'baba' (grandmother) and her simple longing.

To Be Human
Ukraine, 2012
Rus w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Anna Butozova
With wanted posters of him posted all over town, a young criminal on the lam faces a moral dilemma when he finds and then wants to turn in an abandoned infant.

Christmas with Fritz Dubert
USA, 2010
Directed by Michael Nikitin
It's the night before Christmas, and Tanya discovers her husband Albert holds more surprises for her than just her Christmas gift.

Ukraine, 2010
Directed by Mykyta Liskov
Animation with a stark, disturbing post-apocalyptic theme.

Treasure Seekers
Ukraine/Poland, 2009
Pol/Ukr w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Agnieszka Bak
Equipped with a metal detector, two elderly Polish brothers travel to the city of Lviv in search of their parents legendary buried treasure. The problem is its almost 70 years later, and a lot has changed. A humorous adventure.

Boyarka Serenade
Ukraine, 2012
Rus w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Svitlana Tymoshenko
Enchanting, 11-year-old Rachel is the product of a Ukrainian mother and an African father and has big saxophone dreams of leaving Boyarka for America.

Bashkortostan/Russia, 2010
Bashkir w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Aynur Askarov
The main event in a picturesque Bashkir village is the weekly film showing at the local recreation center. This delightful tale revolves around film-days most passionate fan, a boy nicknamed "disco dancer."


Saturday, May 5, 2012 8 p.m.
Kinofest NYC
Venue: Anthology Film Archives

Land of Oblivion
France/Ukraine/Poland/Germany, 2011
Ukr/Rus w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Michale Boganim
This engaging film about the nuclear plant disaster at Chernobyl and its effect on neighboring Pripyat residents is told primarily through the eyes of a young bride, now a Chernobyl widow, Anya (Olga Kurylenko), and Valery, the son of a scientist who has disappeared. Pripyat, once a thriving city of 50,000 built to house Chernobyl workers, became a ghost town after the meltdown. Ten years later, Anya is working as a guide, showing tourists around a less toxic Chernobyl and Pripyat, and Valery is still searching for his father. But Anya is at a crossroads. She can stay and marry her Ukrainian lover, Dmitri, whos rebuilding a life in Pripyat, or she can try to escape past horrors by marrying her French lover, Patrick, and moving to Paris.

Chronicle of Severe Days
Silent w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Vladimir Shevchenko


Sunday, May 6, 2012 2 p.m.
Kinofest NYC
Venue: The Ukrainian Museum
'Goodbye, Ukraine!', a Volodymyr Tykhyy series featuring film shorts by Ukrainian filmmakers.

Ukraine, 2011
Ukr w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Ruslan Batytskyy
A single fathers struggle to provide for his invalid daughter in a ramshackle Ukrainian village comes to a haunting conclusion.

Without GMO
Ukraine, 2011
Ukr w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Larysa Artiuhina
A recent widow reconsiders relocating abroad after a most unusual culinary encounter.

The Beard
Ukraine, 2011
Ukr w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Dmytro Suholytkyj-Sobchuk
An elderly, solitary, village man anticipates his daughters return from abroad to partake in an annual, intimate, father-daughter ritual.

Ukraine, 2011
Ukr w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Volodymyr Tykhyy
A hospital in Ukraine fulfills the adventurous fantasies of one of its patients partially.

Off I'll Go
Ukraine, 2011
Ukr w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Valeriy Shalyha
The tedium of small-city family life inspires a middle-aged woman to consider working abroad.

Almost Love
Ukraine, 2011
Ukr w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Julia Shashkova
Fifteen-year-old Anya has a secret crush on the boy next door. She suddenly discovers that he's emigrating from Ukraine and doesn't have anywhere to leave his dog.

Angel of Death
Ukraine, 2011
Ukr w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Volodymyr Tykhyy
Every day, the reclusive Bohdan begs God to exact severe justice on all the scoundrels on earth. At last, his prayers are answered.


Sunday, May 6, 2012 5 p.m.
Kinofest NYC
Venue: The Ukrainian Museum

Ukraine, 2011
Ukr/Rus/Eng w/Eng subtitles
Directed by Mykhailo Illienko
This romantic ballad is based on the true story of a Ukrainian hero named Ivan Dodka. Ivan, a Soviet pilot, is shot down during a sortie and captured by the Germans. After being released from a prisoner-of-war camp, he is returned to the Soviet Union, but instead of being treated as a hero, he is banished to a gulag. Ivan miraculously escapes and winds up in Canada, where he becomes chief of an Indian tribe. Some years later, as the chief, Ivan meets a Soviet delegation in Canada. The delegation is shocked and baffled with this Indian chief who speaks fluent Ukrainian.

View the complete Kinofest NYC 2012 program (PDF 3.6MB).

April 27, 2012 7 p.m.
Time of the Objects Living in the Shot

Directed by Svetlana Zinovieva and Aleksandr Balagura
Ukraine, 2012
Rus w/Eng subtitles
5:30 min
A short film composed from photographs and frames created for early silent film, using the unfinished work of Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion and in motion-picture projection. Dubbed by the filmmakers as a "film about never made film." Screened as part of the lecture "Borys Kosarev and Ukrainian Photography" presented by Dr. Tetiana Pavlova (Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts) in conjunction with the exhibition Borys Kosarev: Modernist Kharkiv, 1915-1931.

Borys Kosarev and Ukrainian Photography
Dr. Tetiana Pavlova, Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts, is flying to New York just to present the lecture "Borys Kosarev and Ukrainian Photography," in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition Borys Kosarev: Modernist Kharkiv, 1915-1931. Kosarev's first documented stills were made during the time of World War I. After the war, he photographed landscapes, trees, temples, people, and streets around Kharkiv, Odesa, and other places. It was quite unexpected for researchers to learn that Kosarev was cameraman Danylo Demutsky's assistant at the filming Oleksandr Dovzhenko's Earth (1930). Kosarev's photography, once relegated to the margins of his creative quests, has now been recognized as having made an important contribution to the history of Ukrainian photographic art. The lecture will include a short film using an unfinished project started by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion and in motion-picture projection. Time of the Objects Living in the Shot (Ukraine, 2012) was directed by Svetlana Zinovieva and Aleksandr Balagura.

March 29, 2012 7 p.m.
The Desert of Forbidden Art

Directed by: Tchavdar Georgiev, Amanda Pope
Voices: Edward Asner, Sally Field, Ben Kingsley
2010, 80 minutes This incredible story of how the Kyiv-born artist and archaeologist Igor Savitsky (1915-1984) managed to stash a treasure-trove of banned Soviet avant-garde art – some 40,000 works, now worth millions of dollars – in a far-off desert in western Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB, has been called "a must-see film for anyone interested in art" by The Village Voice. "Gorgeous to look at and horrible in its revelations" is how The Toronto Globe and Mail described the film. "The Desert of Forbidden Art achieves what documentaries do best, uncovering and exploring a world that the viewer probably had no idea existed." How Savitsky amassed the collection – "one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian art," according to The New York Times – is the subject of this documentary. The collection is housed in the Savitsky Karalpakastan Museum of Art, established in 1966 in Nukus, a remote "closed" city during Soviet times that did not become accessible to the outside world until Uzbekistan became independent in 1991.
Professor Jane Ashton Sharp of Rutgers University, who has visited the Nukus museum several times, will introduce the film, and Odessa-born Tchavdar Georgiev, one of the filmmakers, will take part in a question-and-answer session via Skype after the screening.

March, 2012
PYSANKA: The Ukrainian Easter Egg

Screened with each adult pysanka workshop, during pysanka demonstrations by artists, and school pysanka workshops.
Directed by Slavko Nowytski
USA, 1976
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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