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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

Ill Take Manhattan

The Manhattan Short Film Festivals tagline reads One World, One Week, One Festival. Its an apt description, the festivals films not only entertain a global audience but are judged by them as well and for the 7th time that includes Kyiv. Running throughout this week in cinemas across Kyiv this is one not to be missed.

 The Manhattan Short Film Festival is one of the worlds largest short film festivals and the only one with a truly global judging panel. Past finalists have gone on to achieve the ultimate in recognition being nominated for, and even winning the Oscar for best short film. This year the festival received a record breaking 628 short film entries from 48 countries, with films from Australia, Finland, France, Ireland, the UK, and the US, making up the 10 finalists. Heres a round-up of the cinematic fare on offer.

Directed by Timothy Wilde (AU, 8.53˝)
A talented young actress auditions for the role of Hamlet and not even Shakespeare could anticipate the result.

Do I Have to Take Care of Everything
Directed by Selma Vilhunen (FI, 6.35˝)
A comedy about a chaotic morning in a family with kids and a mother determined to take care of everything herself.

Faces from Places
Directed by Bastien Dubois (FR, 9˝)
Portraits of Moscow, Pakistan, and Quebec as seen through the eyes of a traveling illustrator with a flair for adventure.

No Comment
Directed by Alexandra Naoum (FR, 3.41˝)
A girl has two unexpected encounters with men in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris.

Irish Folk Furniture
Directed by Tony Donoghue (IE, 8.19˝)
An animated documentary about repair and recycling in rural Ireland.

Directed by Seb Edwards (UK, 17.3˝)
A young man plots revenge after losing his mother in a terrorist bombing in London.

Kizmet Diner
Directed by Mark Nunnely (UK, 9˝)
A singing waitress in a diner finds the song that opens the heart of a disinterested customer.

Black Metal
Directed by Kat Candler (US, 9˝)
The lead singer of a Black Metal band confronts the effect of his violent lyrics.

I Am a Big Ball of Sadness
Directed by Ken Urban (US, 8.36˝)
At a swanky, rooftop party in New York City, three guests try to get past their cocktail smiles.

Pale of Settlement
Directed by Jacob Sillman (US, 17.58˝)
Based on true events, The Pale of Settlement, tells the story of a 10 year old Jewish boy, Moische, who must escape forced conscription into the Russian Army during the Crimean War.

Manhattan Short Film Festival
Kyiv Cinema (V Vasylkivska 19), 234-7381
Zhovten Cinema (Kostyantynivska 26), 417-2702
Kronverk Cinema (Sky Mall, Pr Vatutina 2t), 393-7034
Cinema Odessa-Kino (Ukraina Mall, Ploshcha Peremohy 3), 496-1511
Cinema City (Ocean Plaza, Antonovycha (Horkoho) 176), 230-7230
Showtimes and Tickets: TBA by each movie theatre.

by Jared Morgan

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    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.

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    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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