Three Stories of Galicia: Screening&Discussion in Vanadzor
09.11.2013
16:00
The authors of “The Three Stories of Galicia” have a 300 hours’ footage from Western Ukraine and Eastern Poland. It includes 12 stories which could have become a film, but the filmmakers chose only three.

A Jewish man whose family chose to save the life of its worst enemy. A Ukrainian woman who endured the theft of her children to save her country. A Polish priest who risked everything to end the sectarian hatred that tore at his parish.

On November 9 at the discussion following “Three Stories of Galicia” screening in Vanadzor co-author of the film Olha Onyshko stressed it was important for them to find stories telling that the only way to overcome hostility is to help the enemy.

“There may never be reconciliation, but there will be understanding that the memories of different sites can differ. It is important to understand that the other site can have a different memory”, Olha Onyshko said.

Siranush Dvoyan, a literary critic and a Comparative Literature lecturer at Yerevan State University mentioned that the film reflected the ability to preserve the humane even in the cruelest conditions.

The literary critic emphasized two authors of Armenian contemporary literature who wrote about the war in Artsakh – Levon Khechoyan and Hovhannes Yeranyan.

Program Coordinator of Peace Dialogue NGO Armine Zakaryan said that the organization is starting a project in collaboration with German Berghof Foundation based on individual stories of Artsakh war participants, which will result in an alternative and more authentic interpretation of history.

On November 9 the Media Center initiated screening of “The Stories of Galicia” Vanadzor. The following discussion featured Olha Onyshko, co-author of the film (via video call); Siranush Dvoyan, a literary critic and a Comparative Literature lecturer and Armine Zakaryan, Program Coordinator of Peace Dialogue NGO.

The film was provided to the Media Center for screening by the UN Armenia.

Three Stories of Galicia: Synopsys
A Jewish man whose family chose to save the life of its worst enemy. A Ukrainian woman who endured the theft of her children to save her country. A Polish priest who risked everything to end the sectarian hatred that tore at his parish.

They all came from a land where the Second World War never ended and where children grow up with the burden of fighting the battles of their grandparents. The land was called Galicia.

The people who lived there were Jews, Ukrainians and Poles. When the Second World War erupted, Galicia was caught in the ruthless struggle between Hitler’s Third Reich and Stalin’s Red Army.

In their quest to rule the world, those two empires made use of the ethnic jealousies between Ukrainians, Jews and Poles, and fueled some of modern history’s worst ethnic conflicts. But in the midst of evil, where trust had lost its meaning and human life had no value, there were those who were willing to risk what little they had left to do what was right instead of what was easy.

In the epic settings of the events that changed the course of modern history, Three Stories of Galicia reveals the intimate stories of three courageous individuals who took it upon themselves to preserve the dignity of the human spirit.

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