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To mark the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the Institute for European, Russian, and Euasian Studies is creating a space for students, faculty, fellows, and friends to drop in and reflect on the hardships Ukrainians are facing every day. This is not a structured event, but rather a place for people to come and go whenever they like. There will be drinks and snacks available for guests throughout the day.


Screening Schedule


11:00 - 11:15 Top 10 Places to Visit in Ukraine

Ukraine is one of the most beautiful countries in the world! Let us start the day by learning more about this historic nation and witnessing its majestical sites before the war began.


11:15 - 1:00 Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom 

Over 93 days in Ukraine, what started as peaceful student demonstrations became a violent revolution and full-fledged civil rights movement. This film is a documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych.


1:10 - 3:10 Donbass

A 2018 internationally co-produced black comedy war film directed by Sergei Loznitsa. In eastern Ukraine, society begins to degrade as the effects of propaganda and manipulation start to surface in this post-truth era. Storylines are reconstructions of real events recorded in professional reports, amateur YouTube videos, and memories of local residents.


3:20 - 5:00 20 Days in Mariupol

This award-winning documentary follows Ukrainian journalist Mstyslav Chernov as he and his Ukrainian colleagues become trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol, struggling to continue their work documenting atrocities of the Russian invasion. The last international journalists remaining in the city as Russian forces close in, Chernov, photographer Evgeniy Maloletka and field producer Vasilisa Stepanenko capture what became some of the most defining images of the war: dying children, mass graves, the bombing of a maternity hospital, and more.

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