10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine

Made in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and H.S. Pshenychnyi Central State Film, Photo and Sound Archive of Ukraine

’10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine’ brings to life familiar and yet unknown stories about Ukraine. Ten short films [just over an hour in total] tell about famous figures, historical and cultural events in Ukraine, and invite to see Ukraine of ХІХ-ХХI in the local and world contexts.

Intro: 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine

Taras Shevchenko: The Serf Who Founded a Nation

The Many Voices of Ukraine

Lesia Ukrainka: Fin-de-siècle Ukrainian Feminism

Why Do Ukrainians Take To The Streets?

Les Kurbas: Ukrainian Avant-Garde Theatre

Fighting for the Self: Poetry from the Gulag

Holodomor: The Ukrainian Famine of the 1930s

Ukrainian Cinema: Giving a Voice to the Silenced

The Bloodlands: Ukraine in World War II

Andrei Sheptytskyi: A Count Who Became a Priest

Клептократія: Влада Крадіїв

Фільм Дениса Казанського та Дениса Каплунова

Kleptocracy (from Greek κλέπτης kléptēs, “thief”, κλέπτω kléptō, “I steal”, and -κρατία -kratía from κράτος krátos, “power, rule”) is a government whose corrupt leaders (kleptocrats) use political power to appropriate the wealth of their nation, typically by embezzling or misappropriating government funds at the expense of the wider population.

35th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Disaster

35th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Disaster

The Ukrainian Weekly | Sunday, May 4, 1986, No. 18, Vol. LIV

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On April 26, 1986, a tragedy of unspeakable magnitude occurred at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant in Northern Ukraine. At 1:23 AM, an explosion at the plant blew the concrete roof off Reactor #4 spewing huge amounts of toxic radioactive particles into the atmosphere. Other than immediate attempts by Chornobyl workers to put out the fire caused by the explosion, there was no official government reaction to this catastrophe – no announcements were made, no warnings given – nothing that showed the slightest concern for the population of Ukraine, or for the global community in general. In a deliberate act of what can only be seen as negligence and disregard for the safety of millions, Soviet authorities remained silent. Continue reading “35th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Disaster”

35 Years Later: Remembering the 1986 Chornobyl (Chernobyl) Nuclear Disaster

The Ukrainian Museum in New York City

35 years ago today, on April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear accident in history occurred in Chornobyl (Chernobyl), Ukraine.

Chronicle of Severe Days (1986) | 6.5 min
Film by Volodymyr (Vladimir) Shevchenko | Narrated by Elena Filatova

What you will see:

  • Pictures of workers digging under the reactor wearing no protective equipment. They attempted to stabilize the melting base of the destroyed reactor.
  • Pictures of the workers on the roof of the reactor putting radioactive debris back into the radioactive container. Shevchenko made these pictures on the roof himself, and it is likely that he was exposed to excessive radiation at this point.
  • Shevchenko filmed a falling MI-24 helicopter. The helicopter flew directly over the destroyed reactor container, and the pilot likely suffered excessive radiation that debilitated him in the air.

Continue reading “35 Years Later: Remembering the 1986 Chornobyl (Chernobyl) Nuclear Disaster”

Andrei Sheptytskyi: A Count Who Became a Priest

Made in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and H.S. Pshenychnyi Central State Film, Photo and Sound Archive of Ukraine

The extraordinary story of Andrei Sheptytskyi, a count who gave up a life of wealth to become a Ukrainian Catholic priest, who saved Jewish lives in WWII and eventually founded Ukraine’s most modern university.

With Bishop Borys Gudziak, Archeparch of Philadelphia for Ukrainians and Metropolitan for the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the USA, President of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

The Bloodlands: Ukraine in World War II

Made in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and H.S. Pshenychnyi Central State Film, Photo and Sound Archive of Ukraine

How the multiple occupations of Ukraine during the Second World War had a devastating impact on the populations of Ukraine, including the Holocaust.

With Professor Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

Ukrainian Cinema: Giving a Voice to the Silenced

Made in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and H.S. Pshenychnyi Central State Film, Photo and Sound Archive of Ukraine

Throughout its history, Ukrainian cinema has captured the plight of marginalised peoples and identities, allowing those forgotten or hidden from society to come to life on screen.

With Dr Olga Bryukhovetska, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy.

Lesia Ukrainka: Fin-de-siècle Ukrainian Feminism

Made in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and H.S. Pshenychnyi Central State Film, Photo and Sound Archive of Ukraine

How Ukrainian modernist writer Lesia Ukrainka (1871-1913) pioneered a new feminist literature, at the forefront of European trends of the time.

With Dr Sasha Dovzhyk, Associate Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London.

Holodomor: The Ukrainian Famine of the 1930s

Made in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and H.S. Pshenychnyi Central State Film, Photo and Sound Archive of Ukraine

Why Should the World Care?’ How the Holodomor fits into the wider understanding of Stalin’s USSR, and how the famine was covered in world media.

With Dr Daria Mattingly, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer in Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge.

Fighting for the Self: Poetry from the Gulag

Made in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and H.S. Pshenychnyi Central State Film, Photo and Sound Archive of Ukraine

How the dissident poet Vasyl Stus fought for human and national rights and created unique poetry of the self, overcoming the extreme conditions of the Soviet Gulag.

With Dr Bohdan Tokarsky, URIS Fellow at the University of Basel and the 2020/21 Prisma Ukraїna Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.

Les Kurbas: Ukrainian Avant-Garde Theatre

Made in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and H.S. Pshenychnyi Central State Film, Photo and Sound Archive of Ukraine

How the experimental director, Les Kurbas, radically transformed Ukrainian theatre and was at the cutting edge of theatre innovations across Europe.

With Dr Mayhill C. Fowler, Associate Professor, Director of Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stetson University.

Why Do Ukrainians Take To The Streets?

Made in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and H.S. Pshenychnyi Central State Film, Photo and Sound Archive of Ukraine

Why Ukrainians, in spite of their divisions, are always ready to come out onto the streets and stand up for their rights.

With Dr Ola Onuch, Associate Professor in Politics (Senior Lecturer), University of Manchester.

The Many Voices of Ukraine

Made in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and H.S. Pshenychnyi Central State Film, Photo and Sound Archive of Ukraine

How over the centuries, the territory of Ukraine has been home to a huge diversity of languages and literatures, with unique and dynamic interplay between different cultures.

With Dr Uilleam Blacker, Associate Professor in the Comparative Culture of Russia and Eastern Europe, University College London.

Taras Shevchenko: The Serf Who Founded a Nation

Made in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and H.S. Pshenychnyi Central State Film, Photo and Sound Archive of Ukraine

How Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) went from being a serf to becoming Ukraine’s most important poet, giving a voice to the Ukrainian people.

With Dr Rory Finnin, University Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Ukrainian Studies, University of Cambridge.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine

Made in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute and H.S. Pshenychnyi Central State Film, Photo and Sound Archive of Ukraine

Short films that bring to life ten familiar and yet unknown stories including that of the serf who became an artist and a poet; a writer who rewrote European classics from a woman’s point of view, a theatre director who thought that revolutionary art could change the world, a count who chose to become a priest, an author who wrote more than 300 poems in his prison cell, and film directors who gave a voice the silenced.

They tell the stories of Ukraine as a battleground of murderous regimes fighting over the territory and its people, Ukraine as a melting pot of languages and cultures each influencing one another, Ukraine as a place where revolutions happen in order to bring about peace, Ukraine of many stories told in many voices.

Mr Jones

Mr Jones

Stream on Hulu

IMDb: A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in Ukraine in the early 1930s.

Decider: Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Mr. Jones’ On Hulu, A Harrowing Stalin-Era Political Thriller That Feels Eerily Timely

Atlantic Council: “Mr. Jones” film exposes the fake news campaign behind Stalin’s Ukrainian genocide

Ukrainian Film by Valentyn Vasyanovych: Atlantis

Ukrainian Film by Valentyn Vasyanovych: Atlantis

Presented by Film at Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art

The Ukrainian film “Atlantis” by Valentyn Vasyanovych will be featured at the 49th annual New Directors/New Films festival that will be available nationwide via the FLC Virtual Cinema, December 9–20, 2020.

Find out more about Atlantis.

A debut of remarkable formal precision, Valentyn Vasyanovych’s Atlantis is an urgent yet highly controlled dispatch from the wartorn Donbass in Eastern Ukraine. Set five years into the future, this all-too-real dystopia uses a series of distanced, compositionally rigorous frames to follow Sergiy, a Ukrainian soldier suffering from PTSD as he tries to restart his life amidst these scourged, uninhabitable lands. Rather than foreground the in-the-moment battle between Russia and Ukraine, Vasyanovych instead powerfully depicts the inevitable aftermath, marked by economic and ecological degradation. Yet somehow, through a new volunteer job exhuming the dead, Sergey finds an unexpected path back to humanity.

Find out more about the festival lineup.

Get tickets here. Special offer from the Ukrainian Institute of America: use promo code NDNF20 to save 20% on the 49th New Directors/New Films in the Film at Lincoln Center Virtual Cinema!

The Undefeated | Нескорений | Neskorenyi (2000)

Нескорений | Neskorenyi | The Undefeated (2000)

Український Конґресовий Комітет Америки | Ukrainian Congress Committee of America

Копродукційний українсько-американський художній фільм 2000-го року кінорежисера Олеся Янчука. Відзнятий на кіностудії “Студія Олесь-фільм” за сприяння Українського конгресового комітету Америки (УККА) і за участю Національної кіностудії художніх фільмів ім. О. Довженка.

“По завершенню Другої світової війни ведеться нерівна на теренах Західної України боротьба на два фронти: спочатку проти німецьких військ та диверсійних загонів НКВС СРСР, а потім – самотужки у лютому герці з усією каральною силою СРСР. У Карпатах продовжують збройну боротьбу частини та невеликі боївки Української повстанської армії. На чолі армії – талановитий командир, славетний генерал-хорунжий Роман Шухевич, знаний серед воїнів УПА як Тарас Чупринка.”

America’s Great Divide

FRONTLINE PBS | Official

An investigation into America’s increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics.

Part One of the documentary traces how Barack Obama’s promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump.


Part Two of the documentary examines how Donald Trump’s campaign exploited the country’s divisions and how his presidency has unleashed anger on both sides of the divide.

Фільм про Мирослава Скорика: Десять Нот, що Змінили Україну

UA: КУЛЬТУРА

Today, July 13th, marks 82 years since the birth of Myroslav Skoryk (1938 – 2020), Ukraine’s most celebrated composer.

Myroslav Skoryk was a recipient of the prestigious Shevchenko Prize (1987), titles of Hero of Ukraine and People’s Artist of Ukraine, and, in 1998, was awarded the Ukrainian President’s Order of Merit.

Born in Lviv, Ukraine, in 1938, Skoryk, whose exceptional musical talent was recognized in his childhood by his great-aunt, the famous opera singer Solomiya Krushelnytska, was enrolled in the Lviv Music School in 1945. However, his education was interrupted in 1947, when the Skoryk family was arrested by the Soviet authorities and exiled to Siberia. Skoryk was allowed to return to Lviv only in 1955, after the death of Stalin. He was then accepted to the Lviv Conservatory. From 1960 to 1964, Skoryk studied at the Moscow Conservatory in the doctoral program with the celebrated Dmitri Kabalevsky. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty of the Theory of Music and Composition Department at the Lviv Conservatory and, in 1966, the faculty of the Kyiv Conservatory. He continued to teach at the Kyiv Conservatory, and also headed the composition department at the Lviv Conservatory.

Myroslav Skoryk died on June 1st, 2020, in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Metropolitan Andrey: Historical Drama by Oles Yanchuk

Ми на цій землі лише позичені…

«Владика Андрей» (англ. Metropolitan Andrey) — фільм 2008 року українського кінорежисера Олеся Янчука. Відзнятий на кіностудії «Студія Олесь-фільм», за сприяння Українського конгресового комітету Америки (УККА), за участю Національної кіностудії художніх фільмів ім. О.Довженка. Це перший художній фільм про високодуховну людину 20 століття, яку радянська пропаганда активно оббріхувала, а УГКЦ взагалі ліквідувала. До того ж, фільм «Владика Андрей» — це єдиний україномовний проект, який отримав статус держзамовлення на 2007 рік.

Фільм розповідає про життя та діяльність видатної постаті української історії — митрополита УГКЦ Андрея Шептицького. Авторами сценарію є Михайло Шаєвич та Олесь Янчук.

Андрій Шептицький (1865-1944), митрополит Галицький, архієпископ Львівський та єпископ Кам’янець-Подільський, відіграв важливу роль як у духовному, так і в політичному зростанні України. Він культивував український характер греко-католицької церкви і, до самої смерті, відігравав важливу роль у збереженні цілісності Церкви.


Andrey Sheptytsky (1865-1944), metropolitan of Halych, archbishop of Lviv and bishop of Kamianets-Podilskyi, played an important role in both Ukraine’s spiritual and political growth. He cultivated the Ukrainian character of the Greek-Catholic Church and was instrumental in maintaining the Church’s integrity until his death.

Ukraїner. The Movie

Ukraїner. The Movie is a visual narration about the everyday life of the least known country of the European continent. The movie consists of six stories woven into a single canvas. Each of them shows a usual day taking place in Ukraine, the country created by unusual people. The main characters are not connected with each other, and the worlds they live in are completely different. Those differences are the glue that keeps this country together and unites it.