'Echoes of the Past: Ukrainian Poetic Cinema Remembered', talk by JJ Gurga

‘Echoes of the Past: Ukrainian Poetic Cinema Remembered’, talk by JJ Gurga, Thursday, 15 November 2012, 7.00PM

JJ Gurga, a PhD candidate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, will hold a talk entitled ‘Echoes of the Past: Ukrainian Poetic Cinema Remembered’ at the Ukrainian Institute in London. She has recently submitted her thesis on the school of Ukrainian poetic cinema. Her research interests include cinema of the 1960s, and the relationship between film and memory.

This talk looks back to the Ukrainian school of poetic cinema, a body of films produced principally in the 1960s at the Dovzhenko Film Studio in Kyiv. It will explore how the works themselves look back to the traumatic events of the country’s recent past, events which transformed the traditional way of life and the relationship between the people and the land. Rather than seeing the films as oriented on the past and a lost way of life, however, it will be shown how they are anchored in the present and assert the continuity of traditions.

Employing Marianne Hirsch’s notion of ‘postmemory’ to describe the relationship of the second generation to the trauma of the first, it is argued that the films can be seen to engage in ‘postmemorial work’ and attempt to rebuild intergenerational connections.

This talk is part of a lecture series organised by Cambridge Ukrainian Studies and the Ukrainian Institute.

The talk will be held in English. All Welcome. Free Admission