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concordia 11/05/2015 - 01:00PM

Special sneak film preview & discussion on LGBT Rights & the War in Ukraine

Cinema Politica and the Concordia University Research Chair in Sexual Representation and in Documentary invite you to a sneak film preview and forum entitled LGBT Rights and the War in Ukraine at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 14th in Café l'Artère. This event will feature a discussion with Anna Dovgopol, Ukraine human rights activist, and Toronto filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw. The event is Pay What You Can (suggested $5-15).


LGBT people played a key role in Ukraine's Euromaidan revolution; they were also among the first to be targeted by the Russian occupation in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. This forum will feature Ukrainian human rights activist Anna Dovgopol speaking about the current situation of LGBT people in Ukraine and the state of feminist and queer activism in Ukraine. Filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw will be present to show a sneak preview of her documentary THIS IS GAY PROPAGANDA: LGBT RIGHTS AND THE WAR IN UKRAINE (2015), which follows the progress of the Euromaidan revolution, and the Russian invasion that followed, from the perspective of LGBT Ukrainians.


Marusya Bociurkiw is associate professor of media theory in RTA School of Media, and Director of The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought.

Dr. Bociurkiw’s academic research is broadly concerned with the intersections of affect, nation and technology, and their gendered, queered and racialized ramifications. She is also a media artist, writer, blogger and scholar whose media works and books about the sexuality, ethnicity , food, and culture have been screened and read all over the world. A longtime media activist, she founded Emma Productions, a feminist media collective in the 1980’s and is currently engaged in documenting that history. She is the writer/director of nine films and videos, including “Unspoken Territory”, a history of racial profiling in Canada, and “What’s the Ukrainian Word For Sex: A Sexual Journey through Eastern Europe.”

She is the author of five books including the award winning food memoir Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Gir (Arsenal Pulp Press) She is currently working on a film trilogy about the aftermath of the Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine and the building of civil society, focusing on those whose stories have remained untold.

Anna Dovgopol is a Gender Democracy Program Coordinator at Heinrich Boell Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine, responsible for supporting LGBT/queer, feminist and gender initiatives. She is also a queer activist, and member of the Kyiv Pride organizing team.

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