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Film Discussion: Atlantis
February 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live. There will be no in-person event.
To register and access live stream links, visit the event page on our website: https://harriman.columbia.edu/event/virtual-event-film-discussion-atlantis
The event on February 17 will be a discussion only. Attendees can view the film prior to the event at this pay-per-view link.
Please join the Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University, the Harriman Institute, and Grasshopper Film for an online discussion of Ukraine’s entry for the Academy Awards, Atlantis (2019), with the director Valentyn Vasyanovych, moderated by Professor Yuri Shevchuk.
The post-war dystopian drama Atlantis (theatrically released in Ukraine in November 2020 and in the United States in January 2021) is a story of people maimed by war and desperately trying to find themselves in the Ukraine of 2025. The Russian occupiers have been expelled, Donbas and Crimea liberated, but the wounds of war continue to fester. Now the enemy is within, he is invisible, he is everywhere, and he is lethal. The enemy is the war trauma. He turns people against one another and drives many to suicide. The film’s protagonist Serhii (Andrii Rymaruk), like thousands of other war veterans, suffers from a paralyzing post-traumatic stress disorder. He feels lost, confused, and shunned by society. Civilian life makes no sense to him. He is besieged by demons of war and death. Instead of fleeing into self-pity and self-destruction, he confronts them, and finds the courage to face death. Serhii joins the volunteer organization Black Tulip which looks for, exhumes, identifies, and reinters all the war dead, since only after the very last is properly identified and buried is the war truly over.