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FILM PROGRAM 2017
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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 Holocausts 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 historys 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 directors 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, Kyv, 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 Ukraines 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 BABYLON13 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. Ustyms 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 Id have to be stupid to put myself in harms 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.


April 2017
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.


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 20132014. 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)
Director: George Mendeluk
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.

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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/


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