Frontline: Writer/Director Iryna Tsilyk on filmmaking in Ukraine during the Russo-Ukrainian War (2014-)

Marshall, Kingsley ORCID logoORCID: (2023) Frontline: Writer/Director Iryna Tsilyk on filmmaking in Ukraine during the Russo-Ukrainian War (2014-). MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture Journal, 10. ISSN 2003-167x

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Interview with Iryna Tsilyk

Iryna is a filmmaker and writer born in 1982 in Kyiv. Since 2014 her work has captured the events that followed Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, the subsequent war in the Donbas, and the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine which took place in February 2022.

Iryna’s short film Home (2016) was included in the short film collection Ukrainian New Wave 20/16+ and her films Tayra and Kid formed part of the anthology documentary Invisible Battalion (Dir. Gorlova, Lishchynska, Tsilyk, 2017) released as part of a global advocacy project that documented the participation of Ukrainian women in the conflict.

Her own debut feature documentary The Earth Is Blue as an Orange won the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, and formed part of the official selection for Berlinale, IDFA, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs and more than 100 other international film festivals. The film featured single mother Hanna Gladka and her four children, bringing to life the family’s experience as residents of the front-line war zone in Donbas, Ukraine.

Iryna is also the author of eight books of poetry and short stories published both in Ukraine and having been translated into a number of languages. Her next project is the feature-length fiction film Rock. Paper. Grenade, adapted from the novel “Who are you?” by Ukrainian novelist, and Iryna’s husband, Artem Chekh.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ukraine, Iryna Tsilyk, russia, war, conflict studies, conflict, invisible battalion, the earth is as blue as an orange, film, documentary, rock, paper, grenade, donbas, sundance, ukrainian new wave, new wave, kyiv, crimea
ISSN: 2003-167x
Subjects: Film & TV > TV > British TV
Film & TV > TV > Foreign TV
Film & TV > Film > International Film
History > International
Writing & Journalism > Journalism
Courses by Department: The School of Film & Television > Film
Depositing User: Kingsley Marshall
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2023 11:36
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 13:48


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