Film Screening & Discussion: An Aquarium in the Sea. The Story of the New York Group of Poets

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
7:00pm
Harriman Institute Atrium (12th Floor IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a screening of An Aquarium in the Sea. The Story of the New York Group of Poets. The film’s director Oleksandr Fraze-Frazenko will be present at the event. Organized together with the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University.

An Aquarium in the Sea. The Story of the New York Group of Poets is the latest documentary feature film by exciting Ukrainian film director Oleksandr Fraze-Frazenko. It tells the story of the New York Group of Poets, pioneers of Ukrainian modernism, fugitives from the deadly regime of the USSR.

The group was founded in the early 1950s in New York where its poets worked alongside the Beatniks. Because Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union in those years, writing such poetry there would have surely resulted in severe repression from the KGB. But the free world offered these poets an opportunity to build and develop their own language and bring their literature to an international level.

The film is replete with humor and with incredible stories from these poets’ lives and features many readings by the authors.

Oleksandr Fraze-Frazenko is best known for his feature films about Ukrainian poets, including the renown "Chubai" and "The House on Seven Winds." His style straddles documentary and art house, and his special manner of editing dynamically absorbs the viewer's attention, resulting in truly unforgettable films.

"This is a breakthrough in Ukrainian documentary." – Ukrainian Journal, No. 9, 2014, Czech Republic.

"It's not just a documentary. It is also a feature film, which combines documentary aspect with the artistic vision of the director, making it a unique film," - George Grabowicz (Harvard University).

The film’s director Oleksandr Fraze-Frazenko will be present at the event.