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VUFKU: Independence and Innovation An Online Conference Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the All-Ukrainian Photo Cinema Administration (1922-1930)

Presenter(s): Joshua Malitsky, Olena Goncharouk, Bohdan Nebesio, Vitaly Chernetsky, Hiroaki Kuromiya, Rory Finnin, Stanislav Menzelevskyi, and Lilya Kaganovsky

November 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Conference is sponsored by Indiana University’s Center for Documentary Research and Practice and the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S.

Panel 1—9:00-10:45 am—VUFKU’s Role in Contemporary Ukrainian Culture
Chair—Joshua Malitsky (Indiana University)
Olena Goncharouk (Director, Dovzhenko Center) “VUFKU, Film Creators Inc.”
Bohdan Nebesio (Brock University) “VUFKU and the Quest for a National Cinema in Ukraine”
Vitaly Chernetsky (University of Kansas) “Decolonization and Discovery: 1920s Ukrainian Film Criticism Reassessed”

Panel 2—11:00-12:45 pm—Language and Aesthetics in VUFKU Films
Chair—Hiroaki Kuromiya (Indiana University)
Rory Finnin (Cambridge University) “’Cross-Korenizatsiia’: Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar Synergies in Heorhii Tasin’s Alim (1926)”
Stanislav Menzelevskyi (Indiana University) “Between Dovzhenko and Vertov: IvanKavaleridze and cinema of slow avant-garde”
Lilya Kaganovsky (UCLA) “Multilingualism and heteroglossia: VUFKU and the transition to sound (the case of Dovzhenko’s Ivan)”

Screenings and Discussion—2:00-3:45 pm
Mykola Shpykovskyi’s The Self Seeker (1929, 75 min.)
Introduction and post-screening discussion by Stanislav Menzelevskyi

Attending the Conference is free, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link and the password to view the film on Vimeo. To learn more about the conference, visit the CDRP’s webpage. You can register for the conference there or use this registration link



November 4
9:00 am - 12:00 pm