Join us at the n+1 office for a screening of the documentary All Things Ablaze (by Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov and Dmitry Stoykov), on Ukraine’s Maidan revolution. The film will be introduced by writer Sophie Pinkham, who interviewed one of the filmmakers in Dnepropetrovsk this winter.
All Things Ablaze was filmed at Maidan during the winter of 2013-14, at the height of Ukraine’s latest revolution. It begins peacefully, with flag-waving and chanting, but chaos and violence soon set in. Protesters argue over the purpose and nature of their protest, asking themselves who is in charge. The police cower behind their shields, trembling as they are pelted with rocks and Molotov cocktails. Orthodox priests bless both sides, as protesters try to coax them to safety. An aging Communist clings to a decapitated Lenin statue as protesters try to drag him away; they want to break Lenin into little pieces. Calls for peace or dialogue are drowned out by rubber bullets and explosions.
By moving between the front lines of protesters and government forces, the film offers a perspective that has been absent from most accounts of Maidan so far. Rejecting easy narratives, All Things Ablaze explores what happens as old power structures collapse and violence takes hold of the heart of the city.
Watch trailer here: https://vimeo.com/93469311
Subscribers get in free; $5 suggested donation for everyone else.
Space is limited, so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Friday April 3rd, 7pm
n+1 HQ (68 Jay Street #405, Brooklyn, NY 11201)