What is it like to be a volunteer on the front line in the war against Russian aggression?
Wassyl Slipak, the internationally renowned Ukrainian opera star, was killed by an enemy sniper in Donbas on June 29, 2016. He was only days from completing a second tour of duty as a member of a volunteer battalion in the war against Russian aggression. The documentary – the title “Myth” was Slipak’s combat nickname and derived from his favorite operatic character Mephistopheles – traces Slipak’s transformation from stage star and civic activist to participant and, ultimately, one of countless tragic victims of Russia’s war in Ukraine.
July 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
DISCUSSION WILL FOLLOW THE VIEWING: The screening will be followed by a discussion of the volunteer experience – their motives, battlefield experience, and post combat integration into civilian life.
an Archbishop-Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
Verkhovna Rada Deputy Yana Zinkevych
Chair of the Temporary Special Commission on the Legal Status of War Veterans and Chair of the Rada Committee on National Health Subcommittee on Military Medicine. Wounded former frontline volunteer.
Diana Vynohradova, a combat veteran, colleague of Wassyl Slipak and spokesperson for Slipak's combat unit
Brother of Wassyl and Executive Director of the Wassyl Slipak Foundation
Major General (Ret) Volodymyr Havrylov and a leader of the “Veteran Dozen Project”. Former military attache' at the Ukrainian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
The documentary is in Ukrainian with English subtitles. Simultaneous Ukrainian interpretation will be available for the discussion, by Peter Voitsekhovsky.