Global Frontiers Screening Series: Mariupolis (2016)

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Join us for our second installment in a new breakthrough monthly film series at the Cosford Cinema focusing on current world issues such as migration and social inclusion, peace and security, aging populations, democracy, climate change, and artificial intelligence.

The series is intended to bring two types of audiences together: Movie lovers and people who care about current events.

Each screening will be preceded by a wide-ranging, multi-media conversation between Bill Cosford Cinema manager Rene Rodriguez and a special guest.

The series continues on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. with “Mariupolis” (2016), a documentary portrait of Ukrainians going about their daily lives — work, home, spending time with their families — while bombs, death and destruction encroach their city.

Lithuanian documentary filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius, who was killed in April 2022 while trying to leave Mariupol, shows the city’s then-500,000 residents, working for the steel factory and fishing, for leisure or food, in between shifts. The orthodox church towers above the city and its newly built bronze domes are sitting next to it, waiting to be donned. A tent nearby is sheltering a crying icon, which receives a steady flow of visitors.

The screening will be preceded by a 25-minute discussion between Rodriguez and Dina Moulioukova, lecturer at the University of Miami and co-editor of “Russia and the World in the Putin Era.” The conversation will focus on peace and war, human stories in embattled countries, and hyper-realism in cinema. The discussion will include clips from other movies exploring similar subject matter.

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