Documentary Film Screening
Music of Survival
The Story of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus
February 10, 2017

The story of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus is one of courage and true grit – a vivid chronicle that celebrates the human spirit. This is the triumphant story of the original 17 members of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus who survived World War II as a musical ensemble. The film brings out the deepest roots of a fragile tradition, celebrating the resiliency of a music culture that has survived centuries. It provides an educational, informative and compelling perspective – the personal stories of the last two survivors inter cut with the collective history of the bandura throughout the ages. Interwoven with contemporary musical performances, the film illustrates the bandurist as bard, as seer, as spiritual emissary for the soul of the Ukrainian people, then and now, in Ukraine and beyond.

Film reviews…
“Music of Survival is a testament to the enduring power of art and the human spirit, even in the face of the greatest of horrors. Its music uplifts, informs and indeed transforms the spirit and the mind, shedding much needed light on a story of cultural survival that resonates even more deeply today.”

Duration: 60 mins – English narration with English subtitles.

Q&A with film director Orest Sushko followed the screening.