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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

British Films and Cucumber Sandwiches

The Brits are known for their wry sense of humour, their propensity to drink tea and their cucumber sandwiches. With some incredible directors coming out of the UK in recent decades, filmmaking can be added to that list. So pack a lunch of cucumber sandwiches, with or without the crusts, a carafe of chai and get down to one of the many fabulous examples of British cinematography here in Kyiv this week.

Diana (US, 2013, 113)
Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegal
Starring: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge
During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon, Hasnat Khan.

Hyde Park on Hudson (UK, 2012, 94)
Directed by: Roger Michell
Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia WIlliams
The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Daisy Suckley, centred around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.

National Theatre Live Frankenstein (UK, 2011, 110)
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankensteins bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Quartet (UK, 2012, 98)
Directed by: Dustin Hoffman
Starring: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly
At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdis birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

The Look of Love (UK/US, 2013, 101)
Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Matt Lucas, Anna Friel
The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britains richest man.

Sightseers (UK, 2012, 88)
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Alice Lowe, Kenneth Hadley, Steve Oram
Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.

The Selfish Giant (UK, 2013, 91)
Directed by Clio Barnard
Starring: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder
The Selfish Giant tells the tale of Arbor and Swifty, two young boys growing up in an underprivileged town in Yorkshire. Struggling to fit in at school, and each facing their own challenges at home, the two friends find their seemingly directionless lives given dubious purpose when they meet local scrapdealer Kitten, from whom they learn of the lucrative demand for copper wire.

Here to Fall (UK, 2012, 6)
Im Fine Thanks (UK, 2013, 5)
The Making of Longbird (US, 2011, 16)
Good Night (UK, 2012, 27)
The Curse (FR, 2012, 16)
Tumult (US, 2012, 13)
The Voorman Problem (US, 2011, 13)

New British Films Festival
1320 November
Tickets: 70hrv Diana; 100hrv Frankenstein; 50hrv all other films 
Kyiv Cinema (V Vasylkivska 19)

13 Wednesday
19.30 (two halls) Diana

14 Thursday
19.00 The Look of Love
21.00 Hyde Park on Hudson

15 Friday
19.00 Hyde Park on Hudson
21.00 Sightseers

16 Saturday
13.00 Shorts
19.00 Frankenstein National Theatre Live
21.00 Quartet

17 Sunday
13.00 Shorts
19.00 Quartet
21.00 The Look of Love

18 Monday
19.00 Sightseers
21.00 Hyde Park on Hudson

19 Tuesday
19.00 Sightseers
21.00 Quartet

20 Wednesday
19.00 The Selfish Giant

by Lana Nicole

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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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    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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