: 'Shadows of our forgotten ancestors' exhibition opens in Kyiv (photo, video)
Society17:10 Mar. 24, 2016
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'Shadows of our forgotten ancestors' exhibition opens in Kyiv (photo, video)

Museum exhibit is dedicated to a famous historical film by Ukrainian director Serhiy Paradjanov

The exhibition ‘Shadows of our forgotten ancestors' opened in Kyiv on March 23rd. It is dedicated to the creation of the movie by Ukrainian director Serhiy Paradjanov.

This film is an essential part of international movie history. The unique showpieces displayed here allow visitors to look behind the curtains of the filming process. 

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Hundreds of artefacts, pictures, videos and tools used in the movie "Tini zabutykh predkiv" or "Shadows of our forgotten ancestors" are demonstrated here. Many of them were a part of private collections and secret archives. The film heavily focuses on the traditions and lifestyle of the Hutsuls, people that live in the Carpathian Mountains in Western Ukraine. So to recover the exhibits the hosts also had to go to where the movie was filmed. Tracking down the artifacts took a few months and a lot of work.

Marina Orekhova, exhibition producer: "It was often raining, and we were climbing the mountains to try and find this person who then opens her box and she takes out the original script of the film, which she claims to be notes made by Paradjanov's hand!"

The opening ceremony featured actors and writers who starred in the film. Ukrainian actress Larisa Kadochnikova played the female lead. She says the exhibition follows the authentic style of the film. 

Larisa Kadochnikova, Ukrainian actress: "The movie itself is philosophical, emotional and it's anything but simple, and this exhibition is at the same level, it makes you try and solve the mystery of the film. Paradjanov was a genius, and all of this conforms to his spirit."

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The cultural event attracted people not only from Ukraine, but also Europe. Some foreigners came to Kyiv especially for the opening of the exhibit. Lucas Hirsch from the Netherlands says his goal is to understand the idea behind the movie.

Lucas Hirsch, visitor from Netherlands: "It was expressionistic, it was intense, I liked it though, but I've watched parts of it during my studies, I've studied movies of the sixties so this came up too. I'm into arts, to I'm always hopeful to see something that helps me rethink stuff."

Hosts say the exhibition is indeed aimed at helping rethink and fully understand "Shadows of our forgotten ancesstors" .

Due to the heavy symbolism many ideas were missed or wrongfully interpreted by the audience. So each of the 9 halls in the museum further elaborates on the scenes from the film.

Andrii Alferov, exhibition host: "The movie's message, it's language is often said to be difficult to understand, and we try to explain the many details that are in the film. For example, this room is called "Forest", and these trees are something like silent watchers of the characters' fate."

The exhibition in Kyiv will last until April 10th. Then it will be transported to Lviv. Hosts say they have big plans in the future. They are going to display the showpieces in the cities of Europe. The collection will be constantly filled up as the new exhibits are uncovered.

Sergii Oganesyan in Kyiv for Ukraine Today.

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