Full length film, video, theater, and audio about the Holodomor:
Full length film, video, audio:
~Genocide Revealed, directed by Yurij Luhovy (additional credits: Zorianna Hrycenko, Adriana Luhovy, Istan Rozumny, Graham Greene, Jill Hennessy, and Lubomir Mykytiuk). Quebec, MML Inc. 2011. 7 min. film clip and review by historian and educator Cheryl Madden.
Gripping feature length English language documentary on the 1932-1933 Famine Genocide in Soviet Ukraine. Utilizes the latest archival evidence, academic commentary and eyewitness accounts to affirm the Holodomor as genocide. Winner of 12 US and international awards, incl. Best Historical Film, and Best Documentary at Connecticut’s own Litchfield Hills Film Festival 2011. To purchase DVD: http://www.yluhovy.com/MML/Welcome.html . Also available: Genocide Revealed: Educational Release DVD, . 26 min. and 52 min. editions on a single DVD.
~The Living (Ukr: “Zhyvi”), directed by Serhiy Bukovsky (additional credits: Victoria Bodnar and Mark Edwards), Ukraine, 2008. In Ukrainian with subtitles.
Skillfully weaves a dramatic real life narrative of the young Welsh journalist, Gareth Jones – who tried to alert the world in 1933 to the devastating famine he witnesses in Ukraine, with the recollections of several elderly Holodomor survivors. The faith and resilience of the “living” poignantly counterbalance the harrowing legacy of their past experience. An outstanding documentary. Bukovsky previously directed Spell Your Name, about the Holocaust in Ukraine. For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University.
~Harvest of despair : the 1932-33 man-made famine in Ukraine; directed by Slavko Nowytski (additional credits: Yurij Luhovy and Peter Blow); originally released 1984. Linked here to the best quality youTube version, released in 2012 by Canada’s Ukrainian Famine Research Committee. Powerful award-winner and first feature length documentary on the topic, and still the best overall presentation on the history of and reaction to the Famine in world context. DVD and VHS also available for purchase. Final film script.
~Soviet Story, directed by Edvins Snore. 2008. Begins with the 1932-33 Famine Genocide, as the film dramatically portrays Stalin’s murderous regime, its early complicity with the Nazis, and the impact of this legacy today. Not for younger viewers. Google the title for other purchase and access options.
~ Holod – 33: Famine – 33, directed by Oles Yanchuk; originally released as a motion picture in 1991. Based on the novel Yellow Prince, by Vasyl Barka; looks at the Famine of 1932-33 in Ukraine through the experiences of a single family. With English subtitles: Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3. Watch in Ukrainian.
~Eternal Memory: Voices from the Great Terror, directed by David Pultz; Meryl Streep, narrator. Lanham, MD: National Film Network, 1997. “Examines the Stalinist purges and terror in the former Soviet Union during the 1930s and ’40s…. Focusing on Ukraine, this film incorporates historical footage, interviews with witnesses and survivors, and commentary from public officials and historians.” The years covered begin mostly after the Holodomor, and demonstrate the continuing brutality of the Soviet regime.
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Short films; Audio
~ Holodomor: Voices of Survivors. By Ariadna Ochrymovych, Markian Radomskyj. Black Sea Media. 2015.
Effectively interweaves an overall narrative with brief excerpts from the recollections of 25 Ukrainian Canadian survivors along with authentic photographs and haunting illustrations. At 30 min., a very good introduction to this subject. To purchase: email: email@example.com ; Short version.
~ In Memory of Konstantyn Bokan (English version). in cooperation with the Ucrainica Research Institute. 2013. 9:25 min.
In this brief YouTube video, the author constructs a vignette based on an extremely rare discovery of family photos taken by an amateur photographer during the Holodomor. The result is a glimpse into the life of a real family during the Holodomor through the eyes of one of the teenaged sons. Supplemented by many other photographs of the period, it provides a composite of the experiences related by hundreds of survivors.
“True famine is rarer than you might think. Most people in famine-prone lands have learned to adapt to nature’s fickle ways. Food shortages and starvation are more frequently the product of human action: who lives and dies are the results of a brutal calculus of power. Philip Coulter visits Ireland and Ukraine to tell the story of two “famines” that continue to shape these nations today.”
Theater and Opera
~ Children of the Dnipro (drama for the theater) and “Holodomor” (short documentary), by Rhode Island playwright, director and theater educator David Eliet. Children of the Dnipro (as performed in 2008) is an exceptionally effective presentation on the real life impact of the famine, handled with intelligence, grace and humanity. Author contact: https://sites.google.com/site/davideliet
~ The Grain Store; drama for the theater by Natal’ia Vorozhbit; performed by Great Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company in 2009.
“A grim subject, but this extraordinary play by Natal’ia Vorozhbit tackles it, in Sasha Dugdale’s translation, with passion, intelligence and cunning.” The full review by Michael Billington, appeared in the Guardian, September 29, 2009.
~ Holodomor (opera), by Virko Baley; libretto by Bohdan Boychuk (based on his play Holod/Hunger—Fated to Love). Premiered at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on January 26, 2013 and performed in concert version at John Jay College in in New York on February 5, 2013. One act opera. A thoughtful summary and review by Susan Broday is available in theAmerican Record Guide. May/Jun2013, Vol. 76 Issue 3, p22-23.
~ Holodomor: Murder by Starvation (one act play), written and performed by Fr. Edward Danylo Evanko. Former star of opera and Broadway, Fr. Evanko was ordained a Ukrainian Catholic priest in 2005, and is currently pastor at Holy Dormition of the Mother of God, Richmond, BC.
He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.