Watch Online: The Russian Woodpecker
April 24, 2020 at noon (EST, 19:00 Kyiv time); discussion at 1:30pm EST
Organized by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation
In commemoration of the 34th anniversary of Chornobyl nuclear disaster, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation cordially invites you to a live film streaming and a follow-up discussion with Chad Gracia, the author of The Russian Woodpecker , an exemplary winner of the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize at 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and the Best Cinematography Award at the 31st International Documentary Association Awards Presentation of 2015.
The film follows Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich's investigation into the Chornobyl disaster and its possible connection to a Soviet Cold War-era structure, the Duga over-the-horizon radio antenna bridging a personal story, Soviet era events and the recent blast in Russia-Ukraine’s relations.
The film was well received and highly rated by most critics. Here are some of the reviews: "surprisingly inventive, even buoyant in its presentation of several issues that could scarcely be more sobering" (Harvey, Dennis, February 1, 2015, Variety); "example of the ease with which conspiracy vitiates meaningful debate about Chornobyl" (Serhii Plokhiy, historian and author of investigative book Chornobyl: History of a Tragedy); as noted by Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter, "given the film's narrative encompasses the death of thousands of people at various points in Ukrainian history, and most recently hundreds in the recent conflict [...] Gracia finds the humor in many of the situations, and has properly Slavic feel for the absurd. Bouncy animation and fish-eye lens are frequently deployed to create a stylized sense of playfulness which only enhances the film's many compelling qualities”.
The screening will commence on April 24, 2020 at noon (EST, 19:00 Kyiv time) and be followed by discussion at 1:30 pm (EST or 20:30 Kyiv time). The link to registration:
More information about the film can be found here: http://www.russianwoodpecker.com/about
Article by Oksana Sukhina, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation