DAKHANRAKHA WILL PRESENT DOVZHENKO’S EARTH IN SAN-FRANCISCO
On Friday, August 19, Jazz Centre in San-Francisco (USA) will be hosting a screening of Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s silent film Earth (1930), which is part of the KOLO DZYGY series of cinematic perfornmances.
The screening will take place within an annual jazz festival and will be accompanied by a live performance from Ukrainian ethno-chaos band DakhaBrakha.
Earth (1930) is the best-known Ukrainian film recognized as a masterpiece of world cinema. This avant-garde feature, which was banned 9 days after its release and glorified in Ukraine after Dovzhenko’s death, has brought forth probably the largest number of controversial interpretations. Filled with lyrical pantheism combined with utopian exaltation, it demonstrated the ambiguity of Ukraine’s civilization choice of the 1920s climaxing in the dramatic collectivization.
The new score for Earth was written by Ukrainian ethno-chaos band DakhaBrakha, whose music shifts the focus of Earth from ideology to universal humanism. The restored version of Earth with the new soundtrack premiered at the Odessa International Film Festival on July 21, 2012. Since then the project has taken part in many international film festivals: in October 2012 it was shown at the opening of the International GOGOLfest, in February 2013 – as part of the Ukrainian reception at the Berlin Film Festival, in April – at the CPH PIX International Film Festival in Copenhagen, and in June – at the 12-th International Film Festival in Transylvania.
KOLO DZYGY is a series of musical cinematic performances initiated by Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre to mark the 90th anniversary of VUFKU (All-Ukrainian Photo and Cinema Administration) and aimed at popularization of the Ukrainian avant-garde films of the 1920s.