[Aaus-list] New Documentaries at the ASN World Convention (Columbia University) May 4-6

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May 2, 2017
Screenings open to the public

The Ukrainian Museum is proud to be a sponsor of the New Documentaries Program at the 2017 ASN World Convention, the largest international and inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind.

May 4-6, 2017
1218 IAB, Columbia University
420 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10027

NOTE: Room numbers for each film are indicated below with the date and show time. The screenings are open to the public! Take advantage of the opportunity to see these excellent films from Ukraine and elsewhere.

The complete ASN film schedule may be viewed online in PDF format:
ASN World Convention NEW DOCUMENTARIES PROGRAM 4-6 MAY 2017 (https://media.wix.com/ugd/ff1dca_efe83b558b0d451dbf1cb37ed1cd69ac.pdf)
Screenings open to the public

Friday 5 May, 9 am, Room 1302
Saturday 6 May, 10 am, Room 1201

Directed by Roman Bondarchuk
UKRAINE/GERMANY, 2015 | 85 min. | In Russian and Ukrainian with English subtitles

Special Jury Award at at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

“An arresting experience”
–Hollywood Reporter

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 Ukraine’s independence, the men of the village are drafted into the army.
Screenings open to the public

Friday 5 May, 11:20 am, Room 1201

Directed by Mark Neville
UK, 2017 | 105 min. | In 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

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, Kyïv, 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.
Screenings open to the public

Friday 5 May, 2:20 pm, Room 1219

Directed by Anieta Astrid Gabryel
POLAND, 2016 | 66 min. | In Crimean Tatar and Russian with English subtitles

Idil P. Izmirli (George Mason U, US) will lead a discussion after the screening.

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 director’s 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.
Screenings open to the public

Friday 5 May, 4:40 pm, Room 1219

Directed by Olha Onyshko
US/UKRAINE, 2016 | 66 min. | In Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles

Director Olha Onyshko will take part in a Q&A after the screening.

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 history’s 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.
Screenings open to the public

Saturday 6 May, 1:10 pm, Room 1201

Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
GERMANY, 2016 | 94 min. | In German, English and Spanish with English subtitles

"The immediate message we receive is that the logic of tourism blinds us to history and blocks our empathy" – Screen Daily

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?
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

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.


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