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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Kyiv Kino

Comedy, USA 2006 Directed by David Frankel Starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci

Mystical thriller, USA/Germany 2006
Directed by Neil LaBute
Starring Nicolas Cage, Leelee Sobieski, Ellen Burstyn

Action/Drama, Kazakhstan/Russia/USA/France 2006
Directed by Ivan Passer, Sergei Bodrov and Talgat Temenov
Starring Jay Hernandez, Dilnaz Akhmadieva, Kuno Becker

Drama, Italy 2005
Directed by John Woo, Ridley Scott, Emir Kusturica and others
Starring Francisco Anawake, Wenli Jiang, Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Comedy, USA 2006
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans
Starring Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Tracy Morgan



Animation, Canada/USA 2006
Directed by Colin Brady, Daniel St. Pierre, Christopher Reeve
Starring Tyler James Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Rob Reiner



Thriller, France/Spain/Germany 2006
Directed by Tom Tykwer
Starring Ben Whishaw, Andres Herrera, Simon Chandler



World Trade Center

Drama/History, USA 2006
Directed by Oliver Stone
Starring Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

Oliver Stone has made a cautious, earnestly factual and emotionally unassailable film about two Port Authority cops, Will Jimeno (Michael Pena) and John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage), who were among the last of the twenty survivors pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center on 9/11. What he has not made is an Oliver Stone movie.
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Asterix and the Vikings

Animation, France/Denmark 2006
Directed by Stefan Fjeldmark, Jesper Moller
Voices by Roger Carel, Lorant Deutsch, Sara Forestier
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Action, USA 2006
Directed by Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez


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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didnt Know We Had

Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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