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Up to the Minute: Ukraine in Revolution and War - Documentary Screening of "#BABYLON'13" by Yuriy Gruzinov and Discussion

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Up to the Minute: Ukraine in Revolution and War - Documentary Screening of "#BABYLON'13" by Yuriy Gruzinov and Discussion

A documentary screening and discussion of the war in Ukraine by filmmaker Yuriy Gruzinov will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. Stephen Kotkin, the John P. Birkelund '52 Professor in History and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, will moderate the discussion.

On Nov. 30, 2013, a peaceful protest in favor of Ukraine’s European choice was violently dispersed. Ukrainian cinematographers instantaneously started to record the development of this civil protest, filming Ukraine's reality through the prism of a director’s creative perspective, capturing the mood, people and honesty and recording events left off-screen by journalists reporting from hotspots.

"#BABYLON'13" is intended to provide a better understanding of the reality and current state of affairs in Ukraine. Over a six-month period, the filmmakers recorded and interpreted social, cultural and political changes in Ukraine and the efforts of Ukraine’s Army, National Guard and its people as they defend the front lines in defense of their existence.

Yuriy Gruzinov, a native of Russia who left to live in Ukraine as a young adult, is a filmmaker and one of the founding members of the #Babylon'13 crew that began making short documentaries from the outset of Ukraine’s Maidan revolution (so named for the central square in Kiev). He was shot and wounded on the Maidan while filming the clashes with riot police. Later, he filmed the “referendum” in Crimea for independence and was taken captive there. Together with his colleagues, Gruzinov has also filmed the separatist war in eastern Ukraine.