Looking through the an open door into a room, five children sit on a coach all looking at the opposite wall and smiling.
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The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

May 15, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

To cope with the daily trauma of living in a war-zone, Anna and her children make a film together about their life in the most surreal surroundings.

21/22 Hop Film

THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE - Official Trailer


Krasnohorivka: a town on the front lines of the war-torn region of Eastern Ukraine. When poet/filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk first visits the Trofymchuk-Gladky family home, she is surprised by what she finds: with an outside world of bombs and chaos, single mother Anna and her four children are managing to keep their home as a safe haven, full of life and full of light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, so it feels natural for them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war. The creative process raises the question of what kind of impact cinema might have during times of disaster, and how to picture war through the camera's lens. For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.

Winner of the Directing Award for World Cinema Documentary at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, Earth stands not only as a remarkable document of the Russo-Ukrainian War through the lens–literally–of this family's creative process, but as an optimistic testament to the power of art and beauty in the face of destruction. D: Iryna Tsilyk, Ukraine, subtitled, 2020

Presented with the Ukrainian Students Association. Discussion follows.
 

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