Columbia University in the City of New York

Harriman Institute




Film Screening & Discussion. Ukrainian Sheriffs
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Important Note

Registration required. This event is open to CUID card holders only. Attendees must be in compliance with Columbia University’s health protocols for returning to campus. Pre-registration, valid CUID card, valid green pass, and face covering are required for admittance.


Please join the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University and the Harriman Institute for a screening of the feature documentary Ukrainian Sheriffs (2015), directed by Roman Bondarchuk. Introduction and discussion led by Professor Yuri I. Shevchuk.

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

In Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles.

Running time: 85 minutes.