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Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels
With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard – and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.
When Walls Can Talk
People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.
|What's On Archive ¹ 37 (2008)|
9 October - 15 October
Italy’s Pop God
Eros Ramazzotti Comes to Play Palace Ukraine
Take me out!
On the Sofa with...
|Mamma Mia! - Kyiv Kino|
Comedy, Britain, 2008
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth
Twenty-year-old-Sophie is preparing to marry her boyfriend Sky at her mother's hotel on an island in Greece. She seemingly has it all - a carefree life, a loving fiance, and happy friends - but one thing has been missing all her life: a father. Her only wish now is to be given away by her dad at her wedding. By reading her mother's diary she discovers that she has three possible fathers. Sophie then secretly invites all three men to the wedding in a desperate bid to discover which of them is her father before the wedding bells start to chime.
|Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Kyiv Kino|
Fantasy, USA, 2008
Directed by Eric Brevig
Starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson
Professor Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) heads the Centre for Volcanic Activity. Max Anderson, Trevor's brother, built the monitoring system and placed the units around the world 10 years earlier. Max did not return, leaving behind a son, Sean (Josh Hutcherson). Sean's mother leaves the teenager at Trevor's house to get some quality time with his uncle. They look at Max's copy of ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ by Jules Verne and find a secret code.
|Hitler Caput! - Kyiv Kino|
Comedy, Russia, 2008
Directed by Marcus Weisberg
Starring Pavel Derevynko, Yuriy Galcev, Ksenia Sobchak
This movie is about spy games and passions boiling in the Third Reich. A Russian super agent, the severely secret Shura Osechkin, serves as schtandartenfuhrer SS Olaf Shurenberg. He is selflessly trying to destroy the Nazi powers-that-be at Hitler’s headquarters. The war is coming to its end, but Hitler is still dreaming of a victory. Shurenberg misses home and cultivates tomatoes near his house in Berlin. But the Centre wants him to accomplish another task. They send Zina, a sexy Russian soldier and the dream of every man, to help him.
|Eagle Eye - Kyiv Kino|
Thriller, USA, 2008
Directed by D.J. Caruso
Starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Billy Bob Thornton
Jerry Shaw and Rachel Holloman are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move.
|Burn After Reading - Kyiv Kino|
Comedy, USA, 2008
Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring Brad Pitt, John Malkovich
At the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency analyst Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) arrives for a top-secret meeting. Unfortunately for Cox, the secret is soon out: he is being ousted. Cox does not take the news particularly well and returns to his Georgetown home to work on his memoirs and his drinking, not necessarily in that order.
|Admiral - Kyiv Kino|
Drama, Russia, 2008
Directed by Andrey Kravchuk
Starring Konstantin Khabensky, Liza Boyarskaya, Sergiy Bezrukov
This is a story of a great love affair in the face of the greatest drama of the history of Russia. Admiral Kolchak is a true war hero and a beloved husband and father. One day he meets Anna, the love of his life and the wife of his best friend. The revolution in his heart comes up against the revolution in his country. His destiny is to become the Supreme Ruler of Russia.
|From the Editor (37) - Editorial|
That’s not very nice. I have in mind the story making its way through the media about an anti-construction protest in Pechersk that turned nasty. Guards attached to the site allegedly became rather aggressive and brutalised at least several of the demonstrators, including a 17-year-old girl (See Page 5). Justice is unlikely ever to be done in her case, unless she’s got a father who’s better connected than the patron of the security guard in question, which is unlikely. It’s another tale concerning the over-building phenomenon here in ‘The City in the Park’, as I’ve heard Kyiv called, and it’s not an isolated one: I suspect that many more anti-building protesters are kicked around than makes the news. The thing is, though, it’s not all bad news, and Kyivans concerned to protect their gorgeous city against powerful building interests might be slowly winning.
|Rights We Didn’t Know We Had
Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.