Notes on Ukrainian Cinema: From Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors to The Earth is Blue as an Orange.

February 23, 2023 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Mišo Suchý, Professor of Film at Syracuse University, with host an evening sharing and discussing Ukrainian Cinema.

He will share excerpts of the 1965 Classic Soviet Era Film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors which was filmed in Krivorivnya, the same village Lida Suchy photographed in our current exhibition, “Portrait of A Village, Ukraine”

He will also screen the contemporary Ukrainian documentary The Earth is Blue as Orange. The Earth is Blue as an Orange was filmed mostly in Krasnohorivka – a small town in the Donetsk region. It won the Directing Award in the “World Cinema Documentary” category at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.


“Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a Ukrainian film by Armenian filmmaker, Sergei Parajanov, that is based on the novel by Ukrainian writer, Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky. This haunting film is full of deeply moving imagery and gives a detailed portrayal of Ukrainian culture in the Carpathians.

The Earth is Blue as an Orange (2021) | Trailer Iryna Tsilyk

To cope with the daily trauma of living in a war-zone, Anna and her children make a film together about their life in the most surreal surroundings. Remarkable document of the Russo-Ukrainian War through the lens – literally – of this family’s creative process, but as an optimistic testament to the power of art and beauty in the face of destruction.