Columbia University Screening
Oct 27, 2012 Posted in: Blog/News 0

Last night we were in New York City at the invitation of Columbia University’s Harriman Institute where we had a showing of the film.

We got to the city around lunchtime craving some varenyky (Ukrainian dumplings) and since we had some time before the screening, we went on a food-quest to the Ukrainian neighborhood and ended up at the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant. It was quite an experience, in the middle of the rush and craziness of the city, to find ourselves in a place where time froze a few decades ago.

After lunch, we paid a visit to the Bachynsky deli across the street, that is famous for its kabanosy – thin Ukrainian sausages.  Not only are those the tastiest sausages on the East Coast, but also the smelliest. Carrying two bags of kabanosy around town can secure you a couple of empty seats on the busy subway and a quick check-in at a fancy hotel.

The screening itself surprised us – in a good way. The audience was probably one of the most diverse we’ve had, both in terms of ethnicity and also age groups.

And maybe because of that diversity, the discussion went from the specifics of Ukrainian-Jewish-Polish relations into the broader question of what is redemption, how soon can redemption happen after tragic events occur and if it can happen at all.

The discussion was moderated by Tarik Cyril Amar, Assistant Professor at Columbia’s history department and also included Ola Linkiewicz, an anthropologist from Warsaw on a Fulbright scholarship at NYU.

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