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Ukrainian National Museum Opens Theater For Film Screening, Q&A With Ukrainian-American Journalist

The museum will be showing "The Long Breakup," where Katya Soldak documents the plight of Ukraine through the eyes of family and friends in Kharkiv.

The Ukrainian National Museum opened in 1952 in Ukrainian Village.
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UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — Ukrainian-American journalist Katya Soldak will screen her film “The Long Breakup” Friday at the Ukrainian National Museum.

The screening is 7 p.m. Friday, 2249 W. Superior St. The screening will be followed by a Q+A with Soldak. Admission is $20. Pre-register online.

In the film, Soldak documents the plight of her home country as it leaves the Soviet Union, works through two revolutions and endures a war with Russia, museum President Lydia Tkaczuk said in an email.

Soldak tells the story through the eyes of her family and friends in Kharkiv, a large Ukrainian city just 18 miles from the Russian border.

The film “takes viewers on an intimate journey that illustrates how big geopolitical changes affect people on a personal level, and explores what happens when democracy slips away and a nation must fight for the right to choose its future,” Tkaczuk said.

Soldak now lives in New York City and works for Forbes Magazine as an editor. Follow her on Twitter.

Founded in 1952 by displaced scholars, the Ukrainian National Museum’s extensive archives include an exhibit dedicated to the Ukrainian genocide. There are also large collections of folk art, including psyanka — traditional painted Easter eggs — as well as ongoing curation efforts.

The museum is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with final entrance at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and free for members. 

The museum does encourage reservations. Email or call 312-421-8020. You can donate or become a member online.

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