Ukrainian film and fundraiser: The Earth is Blue as an Orange

  • 6/10/2022 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM
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  • Ukrainian film and fundraiser:  The Earth is Blue as an Orange

    Join COR at a benefit movie screening of the Ukrainian documentary film The Earth is as Blue as an Orange. Sundance film festival winner.

    Proceeds go to Hope4Ukraine Cincinnati and Americares Ukraine Crisis Fund

    Adults, $15 advance purchase, $20 door. Students $10 advance, $15 door. Proof of vaccination required for admission.

    Purchase tickets, watch the trailer and more at this link.
    Be sure to choose the Friday June 10th showing at 7pm.

    We will meet 15 minutes ahead in the lobby at 6:45pm.
    Watch the comments to see if we make dinner plans beforehand.

    About the film: Many Ukrainian films currently on offer focus on the violence, death and destruction in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Made before Russia’s 2022 invasion, they dramatize what we already know and now constantly see in real-time media.

    Writer/poet/filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk’s 74-minute documentary gives us a different perspective. She visits Krasnohorivka, a small town on the front lines of the war-torn region of Eastern Ukraine, making a surprising discovery. While the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, single mother Anna, her four children and three cats manage to keep their home a safe-haven, full of life and light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, so it feels natural for them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war. The film-within-a-film result is a unique work about movie making.

    The creative process raises the question of what kind of impact cinema might have during times of disaster, and how to picture war through the camera’s lens. For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human. Ignoring political topics, this film is an optimistic testament to the power of art, beauty and resilience in the face of destruction.

    Festival juries and audiences felt strongly about “The Earth is Blue…” – winner at Sundance, Seattle, IDA, Intl Human Rights Festival, Reykjavik, Zurich, and more – 19 wins and 17 nominations.