Film Screening and Discussion. Ukrainian Sheriffs

Monday, December 5, 2016
7:30 pm
602 Hamilton Hall

Please join the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University, and the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, for a screening of Ukrainian Sheriffs, Ukraine’s entry for the 2017 Oscars, and a discussion with the film director Roman Bondarchuk. Co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Museum.

This is a story of two men appointed sheriffs in a village in the south of Ukraine. The mundane task of keeping local law and order suddenly takes on national significance in the face of Russia’s grab of Crimea—it has a real prospect of becoming the next target of aggression. In the film, which is laced with deliciously dark humor, real life events often seem stranger than fiction and the audience is left guessing where the line between the two lies. 

The film Ukrainian Sheriffs had its World Premiere at the 2015 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), where it was awarded the Special Jury Award in Feature Length Competition. It has been entered in more than forty international film festivals

The film is in Ukrainian with English subtitles