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.
- 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: Dr. Florian Gassner, UBC Associate Professor of Teaching