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David Grieco and Malcolm McDowell on "Evilenko"
Please join the Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University and the Harriman Institute for an online discussion of the film "Evilenko" (2002) with the Italian director David Grieco and the English actor Malcolm McDowell, moderated by Professor Yuri Shevchuk.

Grieco and McDowell will discuss the making of the film and the ways in which it explores the Soviet mindset that still has a grip on millions of people today, thirty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The crime drama "Evilenko" (released in 2004) is based on the real-life story of Andrei Chekatilo, a.k.a. the Monster of Rostov, the most prolific serial killer in the history of the Soviet Union who murdered some 52 children and women. David Grieco uses Chekatilo’s story as a metaphor for the Soviet totalitarian system that corrupts its own citizens and kills its future children. A powerful indictment of communism, this outstanding and underappreciated film assumes a new and disturbing resonance today in a world swept by populism and submerged in the parallel reality of alternative facts and post-truths, when many Western democracies are increasingly resembling the Orwellian Soviet Union where love is hatred, truth is a lie, and peace is war. Evilenko is brilliantly prescient of Trump’s America, Johnson’s Britain, Orbán’s Hungary, Bolsonaro’s Brazil, and Putin’s Russia, where populist politicians have found enthusiastic support among voters and threaten to rob these countries of a future and doom them to forever live in the past.

This event will also be streamed on YouTube Live: https://youtu.be/uLJzoWKH0jc

Jan 27, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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