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The Ukrainian Time Machine

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© Courtesy of the Artist and REDCAT
The Ukrainian Time Machine

631 West 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
December 12th, 2011 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
EVENT TYPE:  
Screening
WEBSITE:  
http://redcat.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
downtown/east la
EMAIL:  
redcatpr@calarts.edu
PHONE:  
213-237-2800
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sun 12-6 or Intermission
TAGS:  
film
COST:  
$10 general audience; $8 students; $5 CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff

DESCRIPTION

“Like a crochet needle swiftly passing through loops of silk and wool… Naomi Uman’s camera lives amongst the people, homes and villages she films.” —Vancouver Cinematheque

FRAGMENTS FROM A DIARY
Los Angeles premiere

In 2006, experimental filmmaker Naomi Uman returned to the land her great-grandparents had left a hundred years earlier. Living among thebabushky of a tiny Ukrainian village, she discovered a lifestyle that didn’t seem to have changed much in a century, and set out to make a series of “precise miniatures of a rural life that’s fading” (Robert Flaherty Seminar) shot in 16mm, while keeping a video diary. In Kalendar (2008, 16mm, silent, 11 min.), a series of exquisite snapshots examine the meanings of the months in the Ukrainian calendar. Videodiary 2-1-2006 to Present(2011, video, 83 min.) reframes the previous elements into a larger narrative struggling with issues of identity, gender, and her intimate connection with the history of Judaism and global immigration.

In person: Naomi Uman

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Funded in part with generous support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Jack H. Skirball Series