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Film Screening & Discussion • Klondike (Клондайк)

September 19, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

July 2014. Expectant parents Irka and Tolik live in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine near the Russian border. Their nervous anticipation of their first child’s birth is violently disrupted as the vicinal crash of MH17 airliner elevates the forbidding tension enveloping their village. The looming wreckage of the downed airliner and an incoming parade of mourners emphasize the surreal trauma of the moment. As Tolik’s separatist friends expect him to join their efforts, Irka’s brother is enraged by suspicions that the couple has betrayed Ukraine. Irka refuses to be evacuated even as the village gets captured by Russian separatist forces, and she tries to make peace between her husband and brother by asking them to repair their bombed house. Writer-director Maryna Er Gorbach creates a meaningful, empathetic ode to resilience as KLONDIKE viscerally delineates the couple’s dawning uncertainty of life in a warzone.

In Ukrainian, Dutch and Russian with English subtitles • DCP • 100″

2022 Sundance Film Festival – World Dramatic Directing Award Winner
72. Berlin Film Festival – Ecumenic Jury Prize Winner

The screening will be followed by a discussion on the war in Ukraine with Jessie Barton Hronešová (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow), Graeme Robertson (CSEEES Director) and Milada Vachudova (UNC, Political Science).

Free and open to the public. Presented by the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies and the UNC Center for European Studies. For venue and parking info, please visit


September 19, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Varsity Theater, Chapel Hill
123 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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