92 mins.
Directed by Iryna Tsilyk
Ukrainian w/subs
Wed, 3/27
7:00 pm

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the box office on a first come, first serve basis.

Film at 7:00pm, with seminar to follow at approximately 8:30pm.

ROCK.PAPER.GRENADE tells the story of a young boy growing up in a shaky, post-Soviet Ukraine, who, looking for a mentor, befriends an Afghan war veteran.

Cinema Seminar: “Filmmaking in Times of War”

After the film, prominent Ukrainian intellectuals, award-winning filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk and Ivan Kozlenko, visiting researcher at Amherst College and eminent former director of the Dovzhenko Center in Kyiv, will discuss working across modes of documentary, feature film, and animation, and adapting literary works to the screen. Iryna Tsilyk will reflect upon her directorial and creative practices including her experiences in scriptwriting and character development and co-directing a film with two other women filmmakers and their representation of the fight for women's rights in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Participants will gain valuable perspective on the evolving landscape of cinema and the powerful role of film in societal discourse.

About the speakers:

Iryna Tsilyk is a Ukrainian filmmaker, writer and publicist. She is the director of the award-winning documentary film THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE (2020) that received the directing award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was featured at the Museum of Modern Art and more than ten international festivals. She has written eight books, ranging from poetry and short stories to children’s books, translated into over 12 languages. Iryna is known as a cultural ambassador for the Ukraine and was awarded in 2020 the title Merited Artist of Ukraine by President Volodymyr Zelensky. Her most recent film, ROCK.PAPER.GRENADE is based on the novel “Who Am I?” by Ukrainian writer (and Iryna’s husband) Artem Chekh. Iryna also publishes non-fiction texts in different international publications. She lives in Kyiv together with her son, while Artem Chekh serves in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Ivan Kozlenko is a film scholar and a culture manager, a founder and an artistic director of the Mute Nights silent film festival in Odesa (2010-2020), a former director of the Kyiv-based Dovzhenko Center, Ukraine's largest film archive, containing more than 7,000 films. During his decade-long service at the Center, it became one of Ukraine’s flourishing culture hubs with more than 60,000 attendees (2019) of its film, theater, museum and educational programs. As a Curator of the Centre’s collection in 2011-2014, Kozlenko headed Ukraine’s national film restoration program. More than 70 Ukrainian films were restored and introduced into scientific circulation under his curatorship and supervision. His novel “Tangier” was shortlisted for the prestigious BBC Book of The Year Award in 2017.

This event is guest curated by Mariana Ivanova and Celia Sainz Delgado with Daniel Pope and co-presented with the 2024 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival.

Admission is free to the general public.