New Wave Ukrainian Cinema in Israel

In April 2022, a series of film screenings dedicated to Ukraine were held at the ANU Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv. The purpose of the event was to introduce a wide range of viewers to modern Ukraine — a country with many facets, going through difficult trials, but still full of hope. Another aim was to support Ukrainians through action — all ticket fees were donated to the DOCU/HELP charity foundation, which assists Ukrainian filmmakers both in and outside of their homeland, as well as the “Come Back Alive” Foundation. The screenings were supported by the Ukrainian Docudays Festival and the NADAV Foundation.

Over two evenings, on April 13 and 14, the ANU showcased four films from the New Wave of Ukrainian cinema. The selection included documentaries such as “Alice in the Land of War” by Alice Kovalenko and “Ivan’s Land” by Andrey Lisetsky, as well as feature films like the popular tragicomedy “My Thoughts Are Quiet” by Antonio Lukich and Alice Pavlovskaya’s drama “The Fifth Therapy”. The films were shown in Ukrainian and Russian, with English subtitles.

The program was presented by Ukrainian film producers Valery Kalmykov from Odesa and Gennady Kofman from Kiev. After each screening, the audience engaged in discussions, as it is especially important today not to remain silent.

Photo: Yael Ilinsky