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Golos: Ukrainian Voices (Gavanski & Levchenko 2015) reviewed by Judith Fagelson

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Bulgarian actor Dolya Gavanski and Ukrainian filmmaker Fedor Levchenko have teamed up to make Golos: Ukrainian Voices, a sensitive and insightful documentary about modern-day Ukraine. Although the film takes the Euro-Maidan demonstrations of late 2013 and 2014 as its starting point, the unrest is really just a pretext. In fact, Golos: Ukrainian Voices would be…

Judith Fagelson | October 27, 2015
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The Elixir of Freedom – Michael Moran at Ognisko Polskie, by Judith Fagelson

Michael Moran was first posted to Poland shortly after the collapse of communism, and he’s clearly grown deeply attached to the country. Born and raised in Australia, he initially felt a degree of objectivity that Europeans attempting to study Poland might not, and arrived unshackled by any preconceptions or stereotypes about the Poles. It’s interesting…

Judith Fagelson | October 6, 2015
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Monica Porter: The agony and anticipation of waiting for a dream to come true

How long does it take for a dream to die? Five years? Ten? Fifteen? Well, I have had a certain dream for 25 years now, and you know what? After a long quarter-century of disappointments, I think I might have to let it go. Which is a real shame, because it’s a wonderful dream. My…

Monica Porter | September 23, 2015
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Sarah Hurst: ‘The Way to Ukraine’, reviewed by Judith Fagelson

“Nobody reads articles anymore,” says Sarah Hurst, bluntly. And she’s right – even this piece is written with the full knowledge that most readers will probably only skim through it. Nowadays, we’re so overloaded by information that anything more than 140 characters long can go overlooked. We’re increasingly getting our news online rather than in…

Judith Fagelson | September 16, 2015
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Hungary for Success, by Monica Porter

Four decades ago I read a snippet in a British newspaper which so impressed me that I cut it out and pasted it into my cherished notebook of thought-provoking quotes. It came from a Professor Andre Brousson, whose claim to distinction has unfortunately been obscured by the passage of time. But I still have that…

Monica Porter | August 1, 2015