New Ukrainian Cinema

Amherst Cinema condemns the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, and expresses solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Please join us for three screenings of new Ukrainian cinema—works of documentary and narrative centered around the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War.

Guest experts will attend all screenings, leading informal post-film discussions in our theater space. 

We hope that these urgent and timely films open new pathways of learning, empathy, and understanding.

Eastern Ukraine, mid-2010s: a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside robberies and killings by Russian-separatist gangs. But in the post-truth age, what is real and what is fake news? Polina Barskova, Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at UC Berkeley, joins us for a post-screening discussion.
Tue, 5/17
Winner of the Directing Award for World Cinema Documentary at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, THE EARTH IS AS BLUE AS AN ORANGE stands not only as a remarkable document of the Russo-Ukrainian War through the lens—literally—of one family's creative process, but as an optimistic testament to the power of art and beauty in the face of destruction.
Tue, 5/24
Ukraine’s official selection for the 2021 Academy Awards, Valentyn Vasyanovych’s haunting and suddenly-prescient sci-fi feature envisions a Russian invasion of his country, and its aftermath. Tom Roberts, Assistant Professor of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Smith College, joins us for a post-screening discussion.
Tue, 5/31