On January 22, 2020, at 6 pm, welcome to the film screening "Grey Horses" (Mykola Ridnyi, 2016) followed by a discussion on historical memory in Ukraine.
The script is based on the investigation records and the stories of relatives of a little-known Ukrainian anarchist Ivan Krupsky, who is the great-grandfather of the film’s director. The documentary dramatisations are dedicated to the paradoxical periods of the protagonist’s life: his leadership in a rebel unit, participation in the civil war of the early 1920s, his hiding from persecution under the guise of a Soviet police officer, his job as a factory construction worker. The stories about situations in the past are reproduced using the actions of contemporary characters: contemporary anarchists, officers of the New Police, students and workers. The filming took place at the locations of particular historical events, in Poltava, Hadiach, Kharkiv and Bohodukhiv.
After the screening, there will be a talk on the topic of historical memory policy in Ukraine, its blind spots, and the differences between art and propaganda. The discussion will be joined by the film author Mykola Ridnyi, a historian Oleh Hrynchuk, a historian Iryna Sklokina (Center for Urban History). Moderator – Bohdan Shumylovych (Center for Urban History).