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Film Screening • Aftermath (Poland, 2013)

Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in … Continued

Film Screening & Discussion • Klondike (Клондайк)

Varsity Theater, Chapel Hill 123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

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 … Continued

Film Screening • Donbass (Донбасс)

Varsity Theater, Chapel Hill 123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

In the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by Russian-separatist gangs. In Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth, … Continued

Film Screening • Bad Roads (Погані дороги)

Varsity Theater, Chapel Hill 123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Four short stories are set along the roads of Donbass, Ukraine during the war. There are no safe spaces and no one can make sense of just what is going on. Even as they are trapped in the chaos, some … Continued

Film Screening • The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

Varsity Theater, Chapel Hill 123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Exquisitely shot and bold in its storytelling approach, director Iryna Tsilyk’s documentary follows single mother Anna and her four children as they document their lives under siege in Eastern Ukraine. Eldest daughter Mira dreams of becoming a cinematographer. As bombs … Continued

Movie Night • Mirror (USSR, 1975)

Varsity Theater, Chapel Hill 123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

A senses-ravishing odyssey through the halls of time and memory, Andrei Tarkovsky’s sublime reflection on 20th century Russian history is as much a film as it is a poem composed in images, as much a work of cinema as it … Continued

Movie Night • The Cranes Are Flying (USSR, 1957)

Varsity Theater, Chapel Hill 123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Comparable to Gone with the Wind of Soviet Russia—a sensation both at home and abroad that pointed the way toward a post-Stalin thaw in filmic expression—this shattering tale of wartime resilience from I Am Cuba director Mikhail Kalatozov follows the … Continued