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The Ukrainian Film Club Opening Season Event

September 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm


The Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University will open its sixteenth season with a screening of the gripping feature narrative The Nest of the Turtledove, 2016, directed by Taras Tkachenko. This is a drama of broken lives, loves, and family ties that are the side effect of the mass work migration from Ukraine to Italy and other affluent Western countries which cannot live without or with cheap foreign labor. The masterfully told story of one particular family is a case study of one of the most important global trends that affect today’s world. A woman from a Carpathian village wants to earn the money badly needed to pay for her daughter’s education. As it happens with thousands of others in the identical situation today, she sets her sights on Western Europe, to be more specific, on the northern Italian city of Genoa. It turns out that the money that awaits her there, is poison, both to her, her loved ones and also to the well-to-do Italians who would like to profit off cheap Ukrainian labor and not think much of it. Things go not exactly the way everybody fancied. Everybody has a price to pay at the end. This film grips the viewer’s attention from the get-go and does not relinquish it to the very end.

Official IMDB Page: imdb.com/title/tt3806596/
(In Ukrainian with English subtitles)

Yuri Shevchuk will introduce the guests and mediate the discussion

About the film director: Taras Tkachenko is one of the most promising directors of the post-Soviet filmmakers’ generation in Ukraine. He has been a member and loyal friend of the Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University since the Club’s foundation in October 2004. The Club screened all of the films he made starting with his MA project, the much beloved feature short The Tragic Love for Unfaithful Niuska (2004) which he presented in person. Mr Tkachenko’s new historical drama The Black Raven will have its theatrical release on December 5th, 2019.


September 25, 2019
7:00 pm


Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University


Deutsches Haus
420 W 116th St
New York, NY 10027
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