In an age when disinformation muddles the truth, a new voice cuts through the historical haze. She is Rhea Clyman, a young Canadian reporter who traversed the starving Soviet heartland when Stalin’s man made famine was just beginning. Clyman’s newly discovered newspaper articles from 1932-33 show her remarkable resourcefulness and courage. After she was banished from the USSR for writing about the Holodomor and the Gulag, this brave woman went on to cover Hitler’s early lethal years in power.
Today Ukraine’s finds itself at war with Russia, which provides military, political and information support to the separatists-controlled areas in the east. Three years into Ukraine’s forgotten war, its soldiers are still held as prisoners of war. In central Ukraine two little girls are growing up without their dad – Serhiy Hlondar. He’s a member of Ukraine’s Special Forces who was captured in the battle of Debaltseve, a day after Russian led forces were meant to silence their guns in the Minsk 2 Peace Accord. Hlondar has never seen his youngest daughter, and after 1200 days of captivity his family has received only seven letters to keep their hopes alive.
The feature length documentary interweaves Clyman’s truth telling trip during the 1930’s with today’s conflict in eastern Ukraine. Combining rare archive photos, historical perspective and today’s real life drama, the film shows the power of truth telling in the face of disinformation. 75minutes.
The event includes the film screening, followed by a panel discussion with Andrew Tkach, the film director, and Anne Applebaum, historial and columnist, author of “Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.” The discussion will be moderated by Marina Pesenti, Director of Ukrainian Institute London.
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See the film trailer