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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
1201 International Affairs Building

Ukrainian Film Club @ Columbia University

invites all to the US premier of


dir. Anastasiya Starozhytska, 2017


This strikingly graphic and honest documentary is about the human toll of the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine that started in 2014 with the annexation of Crimea and was immediately followed by the Russian occupation of parts of southeastern Ukraine. The director travels through the war zone, documenting such dramatic events as the Ilovaisk encirclement, among others, in an attempt to understand the essence of the war and how it affects people. In the words of the film’s author, “It's a real story about love, war and death that was documented by the immediate participants of events. Director Anastasia Starozhitska and her boyfriend, Ukrainian soldier Valery Lavrenov, are filming what's happening to them and sharing their feelings with each other. They are together behind the camera, and then right in its focus. Valery volunteers for the front. Anastasiya follows him right after the bloodbath of Ilovaisk.” He finds himself in what became known as the Ilovaysk cauldron, loses many of his comrades-in-arms. She travels through ruined Ukrainian cities and villages, interviewing fighters and civilians, documenting captured Russian soldiers and mercenaries. Both return to civilian life and seek to make sense of what they have gone through.

When: Feb. 20, 2018, Tuesday, 7:00 PM

Where: 1201 International Affairs Building.


Yuri Shevchuk will introduce the film and lead the discussion.

The viewers will have an opportunity to discuss the film with its director over a Skype connection.

Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles. Free and open to the public