The Ukrainian Canadian Congress Hamilton branch is holding a fundraiser with proceeds going to their Humanitarian Fund on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 pm at The Westdale. The evening features the Hamilton premiere screening of the documentary Mariupol: Unlost Hope, directed by Max Lytvynov.
Mariupol: Unlost Hope was released in 40 cities worldwide beginning on August 24, 2022, the 31st anniversary of Ukraine’s independence. Hamilton is a premiere city for the documentary due to its similarities with Mariupol.
Larysa Zariczniak, president of the Ukrainian Youth Association, will speak at the event. “Mariupol: Unlost Hope portrays a city with many similarities to Hamilton—coastal location, steel industry and population. Mariupol was destroyed by Russian forces and thousands of citizens were needlessly killed and displaced. Some of these survivors have found comfort in Hamilton because it reminds them of home.This film gives an insight of the hope and eternal optimism shared by five survivors of this ravaged city” says Zariczniak.
Mariupol: Unlost Hope is a testimony of eyewitnesses of Russia’s war on Ukraine in Mariupol. Three women and two men who lived in Mariupol during the first month of the invasion tell of what they saw, how they felt, and their decision to leave the city. A narrator reports their story in English.
Complimenting the evening will be singing and music on the bandura from Alisa Osavelyuk, a fourth-year Life Sciences student at McMaster University, and a Ukrainian embroidery installation sampling of some antique shirts, dresses, and household pieces
“This film is a true story of peaceful people inside the war. They tell what they saw, how they felt, and what happened to them. Imagine the systematic destruction of a city of over 500,000 people.” Max lytvynov, director, Mariupol: Unlost Hope.
The evening is co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Professional & Business Assoc. Hamilton with net proceeds donated to the UCC Hamilton Humanitarian Fund.
Mariupol: Unlost Hope
Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm
Tickets are $20 at www.thewestdale.ca