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The Firecrosser ( director Mykhailo Illienko, 2012)

The Firecrosser ( director Mykhailo Illienko, 2012)
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S1J5
Time: Feb 14th, 6:00 pm End: Feb 14th, 9:00 pm
Interest Categories: Sociology (FAS), Slavic Studies (FAS), Political Science, Humanities, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Digital Art/Humanities, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cinema, 2000-, 1950-2000
Film screening; part of Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Ukrainian Cinema since Independence

The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies, and the Ukrainian Film Club, Columbia University proudly present:

Noted Director Mykhailo Illienko.

A Screening of The Firecrosser 

ABSTRACT: Feature narrative, 105 min. Ukraine's official entry for the Oscar consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category. This melodrama is inspired by the real-life story of one Ivan Datsenko (Ivan Dodoka in the film), native of the village of Chernechyi Yar in central Ukraine. He becomes a fearsome fighter pilot during World War Two, earning the highest military distinction bestowed by Stalin. He escapes first from a Nazi and then Soviet concentration camps, flees to Canada, where - suspend your disbelief - Datsenko allegedly becomes the chieftain of an Iroquois tribe. This is the first in years Ukrainian film that received a national distribution and enjoyed an unprecedented box-office success in Ukraine

The screening will be followed by Q&A and discussion, mediated by Yuri Shevchuk, the Ukrainian Film Club's director.

The event is free and open to the public. The films will be shown in its Ukrainian or Russian language version with English subtitles. Register here

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