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Japan university event spotlights artistic talent of Ukraine through photo and film works

  • June 23, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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TOKYO — An event showing works by Ukrainian photographers and female filmmakers from Ukraine is underway at Tokyo’s Sophia University, from the wish to have visitors learn about the country through art and culture.


The event “Artistic Ukraine” consists of a photo exhibit featuring 51 works taken by four Ukrainian photographers, and a screening of six short films to take place on June 29. The photos capture landscapes of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, as well as Kharkiv, which has come under fierce attacks during the Russian invasion. Other images follow the story of a Ukrainian woman and her son who escaped Mariupol.


The idea materialized through the efforts of two recent graduates, including Yuliya Sakai, 23, who discussed the project with Ksenia Bugrimova, a representative of the “Ukrainian Female Film and Media Industry” (UFFI) association. The collection of short films, which include a silent movie and a fictional work on war, will be shown in Japan for the first time.


Sakai, who is from Ukraine herself, hopes residents of Japan and its international community will “get a feel for Ukraine with their own eyes and ears.”


The photo exhibit will run through June 30, with works displayed near the main entrance of the university’s Building 2 and other places, while the film screening will take place in Room 101 of Building 6 from 5:30 p.m. on June 29.


Both the film screening and photo exhibit are free and open to the public.


Prior registration is required and can be done through the website


(Japanese original by Haruka Kobayashi, Tokyo Bureau)

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