πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

In-person screening and discussion October 20, 2022 at 7pm | Virtual screening and recorded discussion October 22nd to 29th
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts | 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

To cope with the daily trauma of living in a war-zone, Anna and her children make a film together about their life in the most surreal surroundings.

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Released in 2020, The Earth Is Blue as an Orange follows poet/filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk’s visit with the Trofymchuk-Gladky family home in the war-zone town of Krasnohorivka, Ukraine. She is surprised by what she finds: while the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, single mother Anna and her four children keep their home as a safe haven, full of life and light.

Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, so it feels natural to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war. The creative process raises the question of what kind of power the magical world of cinema might have during times of disaster, and how to picture war through the camera’s lens. For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.

A beautiful and moving short, Peace and Tranquility, screens prior to The Earth Is Blue as an Orange. Produced in the immediate aftermath of the Russian invasion, it documents fractures and fragile identity-searching, often missed by the oversimplified dominant media images and texts.

Both films remind us of the importance of art as a decolonizing and creative force in the face of oppression and destruction.Β 


  • Ukrainian folk music performance: composer and vocalist Anna Pidgorna
  • Screening: Peace and Tranquility (short) and The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (feature)
  • Post-film panelists:
    • Iryna Tsilyk – The Earth Is Blue as an Orange Director
    • Myro Klochko – Peace and Tranquility Director
    • Dr. Ivan Gomza – Head of the Department of Public Governance, Kyiv School of Economics
    • Dr. Svitlana Biedarieva – Art Historian, Artist, Curator
    • Kateryna Sergatskova – Investigative Journalist and Activist, Co-Founder of 24.02 Fund
    • Roman Stepanovych – Journalist and Co-Founder of 24.02 Fund
    • Moderator: Β Dr. Florian Gassner, UBC Associate Professor of Teaching

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24.02 Fund was established after the full-scale invasion of Russia in Ukraine.

They raise money to procure and provide PPEs for fellow journalists and newsrooms around Ukraine – bulletproof vests, helmets, first aid kits, gas masks, and means of communication. They help evacuate journalists and/or their families to safer places. Every media worker or organization can leave their application as needed – they process all requests and send equipment ourselves from Lviv, Ukraine.

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1. Purchase a ticket here or by clicking on the Get Tickets section.
2. You will receive an email with information on how to watch the film and recorded panel discussion.
3. The Earth Is Blue as an Orange and recorded panel discussion is available from October 22nd to 29th.

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