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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.

October 8, 2015 at 7 pm

Freedom or Death!
Directed by Damian Kolodiy
Ukrainian, Russian w/English subtitles
73 min
2015, USA/Ukraine
Meet the Director! Q&A after the screening.

Ukrainian-American filmmaker Damian Kolodiy will present his 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.

Immediately after the Q&A, the Museum is opening the new exhibition Ukraine24: War & Peace, a collection of images from Ukraine taken during the 24th year of the country’s independence, showing a country both at war and at peace. Join us for both events!

Double feature!
October 3, 2015 at 7 pm

Alexandra Exter and World Scenography
2005, 30 min., Ukr/Eng subtitles
Documentary by director Valentyn Sokolovsky and art historian Dmytro Horbachov. A revolutionary in the world of stage design, Exter’s works are featured in the Museum’s exhibition Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s.

Vasyl Yermilov, The Constructor
2014, 60 min., dubbed in Ukrainian, English subtitles
Documentary by Oksana Koklonska (Director) and Vasilisa Nezabarom (Editor), featuring Natalia Ivanova (Director of the Yermilov Centre), Tetiana Pavlova (Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts), historian Dmytro Horbachov, and others.

Tetiana Rudenko, chief curator of the Museum of Theater, Music, and Cinema Arts of Ukraine in Kyiv and co-curator of Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde, will be in New York to present and discuss the films.

August 6, 2015 at 7 pm

Generation Maidan: A Year of Revolution & War (2015)

Messy Moment Media and BABYLON’13 documentary film
English voice over and subtitles
78 min., color, Ukraine

Meet film director ANDREW TKACH!
They overthrew an autocrat by putting their lives on the line in Kyiv's main square. But that was only the first battle of Ukraine’s Generation Maidan. Now they fight oligarchs and corrupt politicians in the capital and pro Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

From the first day of the protests, a collective of voluntary filmmakers called Babylon’13 also risked everything to capture history in the making. With emotions still smoldering after the massacre of 100 protestors, Director Andrew Tkach talked to the revolution's medics, musicians and foot soldiers. No one knew then that their victory would be so short lived. Maidan activists would soon face imprisonment and torture by separatists in Donetsk and a full fledged Russian invasion if they joined the military fight in eastern Ukraine. That's where the filmmakers go along with a former prisoner of the separatists, who revisits the same basement cell where he was beaten and locked up for 70 days.

The film also captures the terrible plight of civilians caught in a war where "bus stops have become battlegrounds," and handicapped children can't escape the often "indiscriminate shelling." The front-line footage and searing testimonials are woven together to tell an unforgettable story.

Generation Maidan was an official selection of Geneva’s Human Rights Film Festival (FIFDH.ch) in March, 2015. The producers have been screening the film to raise awareness about the urgent need for prosthetics for Ukrainian victims.

June 6, 2015
Two screenings: 6 pm & 8 pm
Music of Survival (2015)

Meet producer/director Orest Sushko! Julian Kytasty, NY Bandura/Bandura Downtown musical director, will be performing live on the bandura!

The story of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus is one of courage and true grit – a vivid chronicle that celebrates the human spirit. This is the triumphant story of the original seventeen members of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus who survived World War II as a musical ensemble.

The early Chorus, and the musicians who played the instrument known as the bandura had been systematically persecuted during the repression years in the Soviet Union. Hundreds of bandura players went missing and were executed in the 1930's. The Chorus was nearly wiped out in the early days of WWII – but with a stroke of fate, 17 men re-established the ensemble in Kyiv.

In short order, the Chorus was forcibly transported out of Ukraine by the German occupying authorities, and incarcerated in a labour camp in Germany. In time they were assigned to perform in all the OST (Ostarbeiter) slave labour camps across Germany. The Chorus and their music brought hope to tens of thousands of Ostarbeiters displaced from Eastern Europe, many of whom were children. Their gift of music eventually carried them across the ocean to freedom in 1949. The Chorus thrives to this day upon the foundation these artists forged for future generations.

The film brings out the deepest roots of a fragile tradition, celebrating the resiliency of a music culture that has survived centuries. It provides an educational, informative and compelling perspective – the personal stories of the last two survivors inter cut with the collective history of the bandura throughout the ages. Interwoven with contemporary musical performances, the film illustrates the bandurist as bard, as seer, as spiritual emissary for the soul of the Ukrainian people, then and now, in Ukraine and beyond.

Visit musicofsurvival.com to view the film trailer.

Run time: 59 mins.
Producer – Director – Orest Sushko


April 30 – May 3, 2015

Recent full-length feature narratives and documentaries, and short films, from Ukraine and/or by Ukrainians.



May 3, 2015, 4 pm
Ukraine: When the Countdown Began (2013)

Directors: Sergey Bukovsky (The Living), Svetlana Zaloga
Documentary (90 min), Ukr/Rus/Eng subtitles

Ukraine. When the countdown began is a large documentary project, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Ukrainian independence and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The epoch-making events of 1989-1991 changed the geopolitical formation of the world forever. These events were significant for millions of people, yet they remain in the shadows. In the film, the viewer will learn about the backroom politics and Ukraine’s road to independence. Appearing in the film are Leonid Kravchuk, Stanislav Shushkevich, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Gennadiy Burbulis, Levko Lukyanenko, and James Baker.

Awards: Globe GOLD, World Media Fest Hamburg 2012
Nominations: «Documentary film, International competition», TRT Documentary 2012. National competition, Odessa International Film Festival 2012. TV Documentary, Teletriumph 2011



May 2, 2015, 8 pm
Brothers. The Final Confession (2013)

Director: Victoria Trofimenko
Narrative (120 min.), Ukr/Eng subtitles

Video with the director's introduction, recorded for this film festival!

Based on the book “Hummelhonung” by Swedish writer Torgny Lindgren, the theme of this movie is confession. In Christianity confession is declaration of all the sins, so that the soul is pure when standing before God…The audience is drawn into the film as the confession reveals more about the brothers. The script was adapted to the Carpathians and the Hutsuls (people who live in the Carpathians) and the characters speak in the Hutsul dialect. All the shooting took place in the Carpathians and in Kyiv studios.

A light reception will follow the screening.



May 2, 2015, 6 pm

God's Lake (2012)
Director: Diana Aszyk
Documentary (17 min.), Ukr/Eng subtitles

Meet the director, Diana Aszyk!
Q&A after the short film screening.

A poetic tale of one Ukrainian family living on a lake which has been the focal point of life throughout generations. Contemplative pictures of a lake and everyday activities, Orthodox rituals and songs, transmissions and news from the Euro 2012 – the world of a Ukrainian family living 550 km from Kiev in Volyn Polissya, near the Polish border. The lake: Ukrainian Svitiaz (not to be confused with the Belorussian Svityaz, portrayed in Adam Mickiewicz's poem “Świtezianka”) is the centre of their lives, both earthly and heavenly – as the mother of the family says. And indeed, we are looking at it as if at a perfect universe taken from the descriptions of a mythical world.

Winner on 8th DOCSDF 2013, Mexico, 2013 (Best International Short Documentary); 5th Dokubazaar, Slovenia, 2013 (screening); Curt.doc 2013, Spain, 2013 (competition); MiradasDoc, Canary Islands, 2013 (competition); Baku International Tourism Film Festival, Azerbaijan, 2014 (competition); Green Unplugged (participation).

Alcoholic (2013)
Director: Yulia Gontaruk
Narrative (31 min.), Ukr/Eng subtitles

Alina's mother gave her up and now she's forced to live with her aunt, whom she considers vicious; Alina is convinced her aunt doesn't love her. The only one who loves Alina is her doll. The girl comes across an announcement about a call for children to register for the dance class 'Vinochok' (wreath). This is the chance for Alina to flee from a miserable world, full of dirt, needlessness and misunderstanding.

Bohdanchyk (2014)
Director: Volodymyr Tykhyy
Documentary (6 min.) Rus/Eng subtitles

"I will soon go to war." In Donbas, brave Bohdanchyk talks about his life during the war. Among images of tanks he dreams of becoming a soldier – a child of war is born.

The Doctor Leaves Last (2014)
Director: Svitlana Shymko
Documentary (26 min.), Ukr/Rus/Eng subtitles

Tanya is in the front lines during the bloodiest days of Maidan. After the ceasefire, she remains in Kyiv in order to help the injured. In the meantime, the undeclared war with the Russian Federation breaks out in the east of Ukraine and Tanya has to go to the front again.



May 1, 2015, 7:30 pm
The Green Jacket (2014)

Director: Volodymyr Tykhyy (“Ukraine Goodbye” and “Babylon’13” series)
Narrative (104 min), Ukr/Eng subtitles

A 7-year-old child disappears in the suburbs of the city. After a month of unproductive searching, the boy’s older sister decides to take over the investigation. She is confident that she knows who kidnapped her brother. Despair, guiltiness and powerlessness – is that enough to justify a terrible revenge?

We are pleased to announce a special guest presenter from Ukraine, MP Lev Pidsyletskiy (a deputy in Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada), who heads the Committee on Energy and nuclear policy. Mr Pidsyletskiy will speak about current events and parliamentary activity. The audience is invited to participate in a Q&A following his brief presentation.

A light reception will follow the screening.



April 30, 2015, 7 pm
Such Beautiful People (2013)

Director: Dmytro Moyseyev
Narrative (94 min), Ukr/Eng subtitles
Introduction by Dr. Yuri Shevchuk, Columbia University.

Such Beautiful People is the story of five people who escape civilization and settle down at the seashore. They fish, have home performances, and read Japanese literature. But something is missing from this idyllic lifestyle. Filmed in Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv and Crimea.

A light reception will follow the screening.

March 27, 2015, 7 pm
Quiet in Odessa (2014)

Meet filmmaker Dmitriy Khavin, who will present his documentary film "Quiet in Odessa" (43 min. 2014; Russian, Ukrainian, Yiddish with English subtitles).

In the aftermath of the Ukrainian Euromaidan revolution and violent clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian supporters Jewish residents of Odessa tell stories of their newly found patriotism and share their thoughts on how recent events affect the community and the city. Through a series of interviews with members of the Jewish community the film delves into the history of Jews in Odessa, assimilation, immigration and the issues of identity.

March 22, 2015, 2 pm
"Chasing Two Hares" ("Za Dvoma Zaitsiamy") (1961)

Dr. Yuri Shevchuk, Director of the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University, will present this original classic, which only recently was discovered to have been made in Ukrainian (no English subtitles). 'Chasing Two Hares' (Za Dvoma Zaitsiamy) is a 1961 comedy (in color) based on a story by Ivan Nechuy-Levytsky and the play by Mikhail Staritskiy.

This presentation is in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s.

March 2015 (starting March 14; March–August)
PYSANKA: The Ukrainian Easter Egg

Screened with each adult pysanka workshop, during pysanka demonstrations by artists, school pysanka workshops, and in 2015 shown continuously March 14 – August 13 in conjunction with the exhibition Pysanka: the Ukrainian Easter Egg.
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.

March 11, 2015, 6:30 pm
"A Ukrainian Soldier's Account from the Front Lines" (2015)

Filmmaker Damian Kolodiy recently returned from Kyiv where he interviewed Oleksander Zozuliak, a Ukrainian soldier injured 8 miles from Debaltseve. Kolodiy will share footage of his powerful interview with Zozuliak, who lost one arm and is confined to a bed in a military hospital.

After the screening, a panel of experts will discuss the current conflict in Ukraine in the larger context of United States foreign policy. The panel will include Mouaz Moustafa, star of Red Lines, the award-winning documentary about Syrian activists lobbying Washington and fighting for democracy. Michael Weiss, the editor of The Interpreter, and the author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, will be joining the panel discussion to share his insights into President Obama’s foreign policy. The discussion will be moderated by journalist Andrea Chalupa.

Admission: $10

February 20, 2015, 7 pm
"Nasha Nadiya" ("Our Hope") (2014)

Volodymyr Tykhyy’s newest documentary “Nasha Nadiya” (2015) sheds light on what motivated Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko to courageously volunteer to fight separatists in eastern Ukraine: the illegal takeover of Crimea and the Russia-backed war in the Donbas. Nadiya was captured by the separatists, then illegally handed over to Russia, where she is being held on false charges in a Moscow prison. Vociferously critical of Russia’s ‘secret’ war against Ukraine and her wrongful kidnapping, Nadiya has been on a hunger strike since early December 2014.

Volodymyr Tykhyy produced the ‘Ukraine, Goodbye’ series of short films and recently the “Babylon’13” videos that were launched during the Euromaidan protests in Kyiv.

January 28, 2015, 7:30 pm
"Brothers in Arms: Film Stories of the Russian-Ukrainian War" (2014)

Meet filmmakers Kostiantyn Mohylnyk and Yaroslav Ovsiienko!
Ukrainian, Russian, English with English voice-over.

Hosted by the Ukrainian Film Club @ Columbia University
602 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University
Free admission!

A team of filmmakers traveled to the front lines between the Ukrainian and Russian forces to interview soldiers, commanders, and local residents in an attempt to understand the causes and costs of the Russian aggression against Ukraine. The presentation will feature the two filmmakers in person showing episodes from their documentary footage and discussing their experience in the war zone.

This event is co-organized by Ukrainian Film Club @ Columbia University, The Ukrainian Museum, Equites Humanitarian and Cultural Fund, and the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA.

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