On August 3, 2013 the Center for Urban History hosted the workshop "Culture at the Crossroads of Cultures: Challenges and Experiences in Approaching the Past".
The aim of the workshop was to discuss how contemporary culture and art use, reflect and refer to the multicultural heritage, and what is the role of contemporary culture and arts in "approaching the past," and dealing with "difficult history."
Panel Two. Films: Visualizing, Stereotyping or Challenging?
The major questions of the discussion were: can film, as an expressive visual media, address complicated topics to provoke social discussions or does it further establish clichés and stereotypes? How can we transfer the entangled web of Polish-Jewish-Ukrainian relations and experiences during the interwar period and the Second World War into documentaries and fiction films? Does building a dramatic story require over-simplification, or can film challenge established opinions and extend existing frameworks of understanding the past? How does the emotion caused by visual presentation encourage or discourage a more inclusive attitude towards the past?
Prof. Serhiy Yekechyk, historian, University of Victoria, Canada, works on the medium of film and historical films as a specific genre in post-Communist Eastern Europe
Dr Vasyl Rasevych, historian, researcher atthe Krypyakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies; author of several publications on films and historical representations
Oleh Chornyi, a video and film director focusing on short film and documantaries. Worked at the Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Studio
Moderator: Bohdan Shumylovych (Center for Urban History)
The workshop program is available here.
The workshop was conducted in conjunction with the summer school "Jewish History and Multicultural Past of East Central Europe: Societies, Cultures and Heritage" .