10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine: short films

The Ukrainian Institute London is delighted to present our series of short films '10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine'. The project is a part of the Lysiak-Rudnytsky Ukrainian Studies Programme by the Ukrainian Institute (a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine).

1) Taras Shevchenko: the Serf Who Founded a Nation
with Dr Rory Finnin, University of Cambridge
How Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) went from being a serf to becoming Ukraine’s most important poet, giving a voice to the Ukrainian people. 

2) Lesia Ukrainka: Fin-de-siecle Ukrainian Feminism
with Dr Sasha Dovzhyk, Birkbeck, University of London
How Ukrainian modernist writer Lesia Ukrainka (1871-1913) pioneered a new feminist literature, at the forefront of European trends of the time.

3) The Many Voices of Ukraine
with Dr Uilleam Blacker, University College London
How over the centuries, the territory of Ukraine has been home to a huge diversity of languages and literatures, with unique and dynamic interplay between different cultures.

4) Les Kurbas: Ukrainian Avant-garde Theatre
with Dr Mayhill C. Fowler, Stetson University
How the experimental director, Les Kurbas, radically transformed Ukrainian theatre and was at the cutting edge of theatre innovations across Europe.

5) Holodomor: The Ukrainian Famine of the 1930s.
with Dr Daria Mattingly, University of Cambridge
How the Holodomor fits into the wider understanding of Stalin’s USSR, and how the famine was covered in world media.

6) The Bloodlands: Ukraine in World War II
with Professor Timothy Snyder, Yale University
How the multiple occupations of Ukraine during the Second World War impacted the country and the devastating outcomes of these occupations, including the Holocaust.

7) Andrei Sheptytskyi: A Count Who Became a Priest
with Bishop Borys Gudziak, Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
The extraordinary story of Andrei Sheptystskyi, a count who gave up a life of wealth to become a Ukrainian Catholic priest, who saved Jewish lives in WWII and eventually founded Ukraine’s most modern university.

8) Fighting for the Self: Poetry from the Gulag
with Dr Bohdan Tokarsky, University of Basel
How the dissident poet Vasyl Stus fought for human and national rights and created unique poetry of the self, overcoming the extreme conditions of the Soviet Gulag. 

9) Ukrainian Cinema: Giving a Voice to the Silenced 
with Dr Olga Bryukhovetska, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy
Throughout history, Ukrainian cinema captures the plight of marginalised peoples and identities, those forgotten or hidden from society come to life on screen.

10) Why do Ukrainians take to the streets?
Dr Ola Onuch, Associate Professor in Politics (Senior Lecturer), University of Manchester
Why Ukrainians, in spite of their divisions, are always ready to come out on the streets and stand up for their rights.