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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.

November 18, 2018
Hunger for Truth: The Rhea Clyman Story

Director: Andrew Tkach
Ukraine | Canada | UK, 2018, 50 min. English

Hunger for Truth shows the power of truth telling in the face of disinformation. The feature length documentary tells the story of Rhea Clyman, a young Canadian reporter who traversed the starving Soviet heartland when Stalin’s man made famine was ravaging Ukraine. The film interweaves Clyman’s truth telling trip during the 1930’s with today’s conflict in eastern Ukraine, focusing on a forgotten prisoner of war.

November 11, 2018
Concert and Film
Voices of Ukraine's Villages from East to West with Ukrainian Village Voices

The Ukrainian Museum is delighted to introduce Ukrainian Village Voices, a diverse group of folk singers, who will perform traditional Ukrainian polyphonic folk songs. The group traveled to Ukraine this summer and returned with an exciting program of traditional village songs for you to enjoy. They will be joined by a special guest, the celebrated and gifted artist Nadia Tarnawsky, who has captivated our audiences in the past with her powerful voice.

Video from the trip to Ukraine with villagers performing ancient traditional songs was intertwined with the performance of the UVV singers. Members of the group introduced and discussed the video segments.

October 13, 2018
Concert & film with Natalya Pasichnyk, celebrated concert pianist from Sweden

Natalya Pasichnyk screened her documentary Ukrainian Rhapsody - A journey into Ukrainian classical music featuring M. Lysenko, V. Kostenko, M. Skoryk, V. Sylvestrov, B. Lyatoshynsky, L. Revutsky, V. Barvinskyj, K. Stetsenko. After the screening, she performed works by several of the composers featured in the film.

September 23, 2018

Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat

1944, U.S.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Story by John Steinbeck
Run time 96 mins.

RICHARD PEÑA, host of WNET/Channel 13’s weekly Reel 13, will present the Alfred Hitchcock classic Lifeboat, featuring an all-star cast of Hollywood greats including the Ukrainian American actor JOHN HODIAK. Richard Peña is Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, and formerly the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival.

Screened in conjunction with the 2018 exhibition YAROSLAVA Surmach Mills: Retrospective. Yaroslava's family was acquainted with Ukrainian American actor John Hodiak and his wife Anne Baxter.

August 1, 2018

Heritage of the Nation (Spadok Natsii)

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.

June 6, 2018 Matinée

Vechir na Ivana Kupala
(The Eve of Ivan Kupala)

Directed by Yurii Illienko
1970, Ukraine, 71 min., Ukrainian
Drama, fantasy
Produced by the Oleksandr Dovzhenko Studio, Kyiv, Ukraine

In one hamlet lives a young farmhand, Peter, who works for the wealthy landowner, Korzh. Peter falls in love with the landowner’s daughter, and the girl reciprocates his affection. But the father flatly refuses to allow his daughter to marry a hired hand. Despondent, Peter goes to the local tavern where he meets the tramp, Basavriuk, whom locals regard as a devil in the human form. The demon Basavryuk offers Peter a deal – if the young man helps the tramp, in return he will reveal to Peter how to win the beautiful Pidorka as his wife. Vechir na Ivana Kupala is based on variations of a short story by Mykola Hohol (Gogol) and Ukrainian folk tales.

June 2, 2018

War of the Chimeras

Directed by Anastasiia Starozhitska and Mariia Starozhitska
2017, Ukraine, 94 min. Documentary
Ukrainian, Russian, with English subtitles

A story of war, love and death, captured on camera during the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

May 23, 2018 Matinée

White Bird With a Black Mark

Directed by Yurii Illienko, written by Yurii Illienko and Ivan Mykolaichuk
1970, Ukraine, 97 min.
Ukr., Rom., Rus., Eng. subtitles
Produced by the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center, Kyiv, Ukraine

Winner of the Grand prize at the 1971 Moscow Film Festival, White Bird with a Black Mark is set in western Ukraine, in an area that has passed through the control of several nations over the centuries. despairing at the poverty of is family, a boy decides the stork is the cause of all their problems, and sets out to kill it. But soon everyone’s situation will be challenged, as World War II breaks out and the region is carved into warring battle zones, with brother being forced to fight against brother. Yuri Illienko brings his dazzling poetic vision to this tale of loyalty to family, to nation, to state—and to oneself. The film is widely considered one of the most important works of the Ukrainian film heritage.

May 11, 2018
Short documentary films: The Ukrainian American and European Diaspora

Archival footage recorded as early as 1933 from Ukrainian communities in England, Paris, Germany's DP camps, and film of the Chicago World's Fair with a performance by the Vasyl Avramenko dancers, and other recordings. Curated by Oleksandr Debych, Fulbright Scholar at the Ukrainian Museum and Archives, Cleveland.

May 8, 2018 Matinée

Svatannia na Honcharivtsi
(Matchmaking at Honcharivka)
directed by Ihor Zemhano
music by Kyrylo Stetsenko
1958, musical comedy
Ukraine, 80 min., Ukrainian

Based on Hryhorii Kvitka-Osnovianenko's play "Svatannia na Honcharivtsi" (Matchmaking at Honcharivka, 1836).

May 6, 2018


Drama directed by Oleg Sentsov
2011, Ukraine, 92 min.
Ukr., Rus. with Eng. subtitles.

Sentsov's debut feature-length film is the story of a young gamer who lives with his mother in Simferopol. It was shown in several international film festivals and was highly ranked by the film community.

May 6, 2018

The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov

Documentary directed by Askold Kurov
2017, Ukraine, 66 min.
Crimean Tatar, Rus., Eng. subtitles

Arrested in Crimea on May 11, 2014, the filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is serving a 20 year sentence in a Russian prison on charges of plotting acts of terrorism. In the documentary The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov, director Askold Kurov investigates the truth behind the political show-trial that led to an innocent man's conviction.


May 3–5, 2018

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 2018

Thursday, May 3
Saturday, May 5
The Red Soul
Netherlands, 2017 (90 min.)
Directed by Jessica Gorter
Trailer: https://bit.ly/2GRyD9O
In Russian with English subtitles

More than 50 years after the death of Stalin, Russia is still divided. Was Stalin a great leader who made Russia into a superpower? Or was he a ruthless dictator, responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people? The Red Soul shows how the past lives on in present-day Russia, and thus makes its mark on the future.

Friday, May 4
Saturday, May 5
Golden Dawn Girls
Norway, Denmark, Finland, 2017 (97 min.)
Directed by Håvard Bustnes
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/232618927
In Greek with English subtitles

In recent years, Greece’s image as a country of sunny beaches and friendly people has been overshadowed by political ideologies that are terrifyingly close to Nazism.

Thursday, May 3
Intent to Destroy
US, 2017 (114 min.)
Directed by Joe Berlinger
Trailer: https://bit.ly/2HrXy0B
English language

The 1915 Armenian genocide during the Young Turks regime is still not part of the history curriculum in most countries today. Intent to Destroy covers the build-up, the shocking murders themselves and then their denial. Historians with diametrically opposing views are given an opportunity to speak. What really happened? And who would be interested in rewriting this history? .

Thursday, May 3
Saturday, May 5
The Other Side of Everything
Serbia, France, Qatar, 2017 (100 min.)
Directed by Mila Turajlic
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/67662544
In Serbian with English subtitles

A Belgrade apartment divided in two tells the story of a family and serves as a symbol of a country in political turmoil.

Friday, May 4
See You in Chechnya
Germany, Georgia, Estonia, France, 2016 (68 min.)
Directed by Alexander Kvatashidze
Trailer: https://bit.ly/2lvhlzO
In English, Russian, Georgian, French and Italian with English subtitles

See you in Chechnya is a deeply personal film about war and what it does to those involved.

Friday, May 4
Saturday, May 5
The Man Who Was Too Free
Russia, 2016 (126 min.)
Directed by Vera Krichevskaya
Trailer: https://bit.ly/2HnBWov
In Russian with English subtitles

The story of the life of Boris Nemtsov reads like the history of Russia of the past twenty-five years. The Man Who Was Too Free is a tribute, a story about an outstanding politician who is remembered by his contemporaries as an honorable and noble man whose name will always be part of Russian history.

Friday, May 4
US. Ukraine, 2017 (96 min.)
Directed by Mark Jonathan Harris and Oles Sanin
Trailer: https://bit.ly/2JGilOv
In Ukrainian, Russian and English with English subtitles

An intimate look at the war and revolution in Ukraine through the eyes of ordinary people who risked their lives with the aim of creating a more democratic, equitable, and independent country. The principal characters are a children’s theater director, a doctor, a rabbi, a TV journalist, an investigative reporter, a lawyer turned medic and her soldier husband. Their lives were transformed by the tumultuous, three-month revolution on the Maidan, the annexation of Crimea and the war in Donbas. They went to war to defend and remake their country. Featuring interviews with Chrystia Freeland, Anne Applebaum and Timothy Snyder.

Saturday, May 5
The Maribor Uprisings
Slovenia, US, 2017 (89 min.)
Directed by Maple Razsa and Milton Guillén
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/182615900
In Slovenian and English with English subtitles

In the once prosperous industrial city of Maribor, Slovenia, anger over political corruption became unruly revolt. Dilemmas are faced by protesters as they grapple with what it means to resist.

UMFF 2018

April 26–29, 2018
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.

This year's UMFF selections include a series of old Hollywood films shown in conjunction with the 2018 exhibition YAROSLAVA Surmach Mills: Retrospective. Yaroslava's family was acquainted with on of the leading actors of the day, Ukrainian American John Hodiak, and a community journal she worked on featured actor Danny Kaye, whose family also hailed from Ukraine. In the movie The Inspector General, Kaye sings a refrain from an old Ukrainian folk song.

UMFF 2018

April 29, 2018
The Inspector General

(1949, USA), 102 min. English, color, romance/musical comedy
Directed by Henry Koster
Starring Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Gene Lockhart, Barbara Bates, Elsa Lanchester, Alan Hale Sr. and Rhys Williams.

The film is loosely based on Nikolai Gogol's play "The Inspector General." The plot is re-located from the Russian Empire into an unspecified corrupted region of a country that suddenly finds itself under the supervision of the First French Empire. (Wikipedia)

The son of Ukrainian immigrants, Danny Kaye (original name David Daniel Kaminsky) began his performing career in the 1930s as a comic entertainer in hotels in the Catskill Mountains and in nightclubs across the United States. During this period he originated the pantomimes, rapid-fire scat singing, and physical antics that were to become his trademarks. In the film The Inspector General, Danny Kaye sings a refrain from an old Ukrainian folk song.

UMFF 2018

April 28, 2018 (7:30 pm)
Sunday Dinner for a Soldier

(1944, USA), 85 min. English, black & white, war drama/romance.
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Starring John Hodiak as Eric Moore, Anne Baxter as Tessa.

A poor family in Florida saves all the money they can in order to plan something special for the soldier they've invited to Sunday dinner. They don't realize that their request to invite the soldier never got mailed. On the day of the scheduled dinner, another soldier is brought to their home and love soon blossoms between him and Tessa, the young woman who runs the home. —Daniel Bubbeo (dbubbeo(at)cmp.com) (IMDB)

Hodiak and actress Anne Baxter (whom he met while they were starring in Sunday Dinner for a Soldier) married on July 7, 1946, and divorced on January 27, 1953. (Wikipedia)

UMFF 2018

April 28, 2018 (5:30 pm)
On the Threshold of Space

(1956, USA), 98 min. English, drama.
Directed by Robert D. Webb
Starring Guy Madison as Capt. Jim Hollenbeck, Virginia Leith as Pat Lange, John Hodiak as Maj. Ward Thomas, Dean Jagger as Dr. Hugo Thornton.

On the Threshold of Space documents the testing of downward firing ejection seats from Boeing B-47 Stratojet bombers that were conducted at Eglin AFB, Florida, initially between October 7 and October 21, 1953. (Wikipedia)

John Hodiak died of a heart attack during the shoot just before he was to film his final scenes. (Wikipedia)

UMFF 2018

April 27, 2018
A Lady Without Passport

(1950, USA), 74 min. English, black & white, film noir.
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
Starring John Hodiak as Peter Karczag with the INS (the Immigration and Naturalization Service was eliminated in 2003), alias Josef Gombush, Hedy Lamarr as Marianne Lorress, Steven Geray, a Frenchman.

A Lady Without Passport is a 1950 American film noir film directed by Joseph H. Lewis and starring Hedy Lamarr and John Hodiak. Written by Howard Dimsdale, the film is about a beautiful concentration-camp refugee who has taken up residence in Cuba while awaiting permission to enter the United States. An undercover immigration agent decides to use her as an informant to entrap the leader of an alien-smuggling ring.

Steven Geray was a Hungarian American film actor who appeared in over 100 films and dozens of television programs, born in 1904 in Uzhhorod, Ukraine.

UMFF 2018

April 26, 2018
The Harvey Girls

(1946, USA), 102 min. English. Musical comedy
Directed by George Sidney
Starring Judy Garland as Susan Bradley, John Hodiak as Ned Trent, Ray Bolger as Chris Maule, Angela Lansbury as Em.

In the 1880s, a group of "Harvey Girls" – new waitresses for Fred Harvey's pioneering chain of Harvey House restaurants – travels on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway to the western town of Sandrock, Arizona. On the trip they meet Susan Bradley (Judy Garland), who travels to the same town to marry the man whose beautiful letters she received when she answered a "lonely-hearts" ad. Unfortunately, when she arrives, the man turns out to be an "old coot" who does not at all meet her expectations – and he also wants not to get married as much as she wants not to marry him, so they agree to call it off. When she learns that someone else, the owner of the local saloon, Ned Trent (John Hodiak), wrote the letters as a joke, she confronts him and tells him off, in the process endearing herself to him.

April 25, 2018 Matinée
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini Zabutykh Predkiv)

Dovzhenko Film Studios, Ukraine, 1964, 99 minutes
Directed by Sergei Paradjanov
Writing by Ivan Chendej, Mikhaylo Kotsyubinsky, story Sergei Paradjanov
Music by Myroslav Skoryk
Starring Ivan Mykolaichuk, Larisa Kadochnikova, Tatyana Bestayeva
Ukrainian with English subtitles

Synopsis by Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University: In a Carpathian village, Ivanko falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her, his grief lasts months; finally he rejoins the colorful life around him, marrying Palagna. She wants children but his mind stays on his lost love. To recapture his attention, Palagna tries sorcery, and in the process comes under the spell of the sorcerer, publicly humiliating Ivanko, who then fights the sorcerer. The lively rhythms of village life, the work and the holidays, the pageant and revelry of weddings and funerals, the change of seasons, and nature's beauty give proportion to Ivanko's tragedy. This is widely considered to be one of the most important films in Ukrainian cinema history which developed a cult following around the world. For four decades now, it has captivated the imagination of viewers and filmmakers alike.

Directed by Sergei Parajanov, the film is steeped in Ukrainian folklore and traditions. Parajanov insisted on filming in the Ukrainian language and refused to dub it into Russian, which led to an enduring struggle between Parajanov and the communist authorities.

April 15, 2018

When Will This Wind Stop

POLAND, 2016
66 min., in Crimean Tatar and Russian with English subtitles
Directed by Anieta Astrid Gabryel
for Studio Filmowe Everest

Director Aniela Astrid Gabryel reveals four personal stories of one Crimean Tatar family and the experience of people living under Russian occupation.

Dr. Idil P. Izmirli, George Mason University, will lead a discussion after the screening.

March 25, 2018 Matinée

Naimychka (The Servant Woman) (1963, tragedy, musical)

Opera by M. Verykivsky based on T. Shevchenko’s eponymous poem. A young girl, seduced by a lancer, leaves her illegitimate son with a childless family. Vira Donska-Prysiazhniuk in lead role; vocals by Kyiv Opera soprano Lilia Lobanova. Ukrainian, 82 min. Introduction by Lubow Wolynetz, curator of folk art.

March 2018
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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