Kateryna Yushchenko Presents Serhiy Bukovsky’s Film, The Living, at Stockholm International Documentary Film Festival
05 April 2009 10:24
April 4, 2009, Head of the Supervisory Board of the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Foundation Kateryna Yushchenko presented Serhiy Bukovsky’s film, The Living, at the Stockholm International Documentary Film Festival.
Also present at the event, held at the Stockholm Ethnographic Museum, were Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Sweden Yevhen Perebiynis, President of the Stockholm International Documentary Film Festival Leo Kantor, Director of the Ukrainian Cinema Foundation Andriy Khalpakhchi, director Serhiy Bukovsky, and Ukraine 3000 Foundation members.
Before the review started, Mrs. Yushchenko presented The Living to those present. She narrated the history of the creation of this film, a tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor Manmade Famine in Ukraine, and made on commission from the Ukraine 3000 Foundation as part of its History Lessons program.
“The Living presents witness accounts by people who are well on in life,” Mrs. Kateryna said. “These people recall the horrible time of Holodomor they went through as young people or children. Serhiy Bukovsky, a talented modern director, succeeded in conveying not only grief and horror, but also these people’s personality, sense of humor, and wisdom. The film also mentions the history of Garrett Jones, a young British journalist, who had made a bold attempt to reveal to the world the truth about what was happening in Ukraine.
“The Living is a very positive film. It is about people who have survived that horrible time and are still alive. It is about the truth that always wins, that always is out sooner or later.”
Mrs. Yushchenko thanked all those who made it possible for Ukraine to be presented at the Stockholm International Documentary Film Festival: its director Leo Kantor, Director of the Ukrainian Cinema Foundation Andriy Khalpakhchi, Nemiroff international brand name, and the Embassy of Ukraine in Sweden.
The Stockholm International Documentary Film Festival is held April 2-5, 2009. This year its major topic was Humanity in the World. The festival presented 13 films from 10 countries: Poland, Iran, Romania, the USA, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, France, and Czech Republic.
Mrs. Kateryna Yushchenko and Ukraine 3000 Foundation representatives are staying in Sweden for a working visit. April 2 they visited the opening ceremony of the Stockholm International Documentary Film Festival.
April 3, Mrs. Yushchenko visited the Oriflame factory and the National Archive of Sweden. Also, Mrs. Yushchenko had a meeting with Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and wife of the President of Poland Maria Kaczynska. After the meeting, the wives of the three heads of the states visited the World Childhood Foundation office. On the same day, Kateryna Yushchenko visited the Stockholm University Library.
April 4, Kateryna Yushchenko and Ukraine 3000 Foundation members visited Uppsala, Sweden.