Ukraine -- A Cinematic View from the West

Thursday, February 16, 2006
717 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University

The February 2006 event of the Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University will feature something entirely different -- for the first time, the Film Club will screen films made about Ukraine in other countries. This is meant to be an invitation for the viewers to take a look at Ukraine and Ukrainian heritage through the eyes of a Westerner. The event will be the first installment of an on-going program entitled: "Ukraine. A Cinematic View From the West." The New York film-maker ANDREA ODEZYNSKA will present her two films and engage the audience in a post-screening discussion. The program includes: “The Whisperer,” 2005, a documentary about little-known folk rituals of the Carpathian highlands that will seriously test the viewer’s capacity to believe in the unbelievable. “Dora Was Dysfunctional,” 1994, a hilarious story of a young American caught in between two cultures - American and Ukrainian, and looking for love in all the wrong places. This romantic comedy was short-listed at the Academy Awards, the Hampton Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival. It has been screened on HBO and Showtime. (To see the Ukrainian Film Club website, please see Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University.)