The March 2007 program of UFCCU will feature "Arsenal" (director Oleksander Dovzhenko, 1929).
The silent film, based on the events of the Bolshevik uprising in January 1918 in the capital of Ukraine Kyiv against the Ukrainian People’s Republic, was initially meant as apotheosis of the communist cause. Contrary to its deceptively unwavering pro-Bolshevik orientation, Dovzhenko’s picture outlines, in a subtly coded form, some of the dilemmas and conflicts that would rip the Soviet empire apart sixty years later.
This film (73 min.) is in its original silent version with English inter titles. Free and open to the public. The program will be introduced by Yuri Shevchuk, the director of the Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University. Discussion will follow the screening.