Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Earth, 1930. Courtesy Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre, Kyiv

Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Earth, 1930. Courtesy Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre, Kyiv

Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Earth, 1930. Courtesy Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre, Kyiv

Dovzhenko is considered as the father of Ukrainian cinema with Earth regarded as his masterpiece. Merging lyricism and ideology the film is constructed as a poetic celebration of man’s unity with nature and demonstrates that political progress is an organic part of the natural process.

Dealing with the conflict between villagers and kulaks (rich peasants and class enemy), this political struggle is mirrored in the generational misunderstanding between the peasant farmer and his son.

Originally banned nine-days after release, this restoration includes a recorded soundtrack by Ukrainian ethno-chaos band DakhaBrakha produced by the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre.

Earth, dir: Oleksandr Dovzhenko, 1930, VUFKU Studios Ukraine, DCP, 83min + Q&A. Courtesy Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre.

Presented as part of Levels of Democracy: Ukraine Film Weekend, more information about all the films in the series here.

Film Pass Three: Levels of Democracy: Ukraine Film Weekend
Fri 18 – Sun 20 March
£30 Full Price / £25 Concession
Includes entrance to all films in the series. Offer excludes Test Dept live soundtrack, separate tickets available
Film Passes can only be booked via the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.

Earth
Oleksandr Dovzhenko

£7.50/£6, book here
Film Pass Three, £30/£25

Fri 18 March, 6.15pm (83min + Q&A) 

Tyneside Cinema

10 –12 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle
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