Woo hoo! The day is almost here and we are SO looking forward to the premiere of Back to Bucha: Finding the Spirit in Ukraine at the place where it all began, Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church in Boston tomorrow, Sunday the 30th. The screening will take place at 12:30 PM Boston time (19:30 Bucha time), and several of the film’s “stars” in Ukraine will participate in the Q&A afterwards via Zoom. The entire event will be live streamed on Facebook Live at facebook.com/TheoEcoOrg so that all can join us worldwide live from Boston and Ukraine.
Two of the film’s “stars” who will be joining us include Father Roman Nebozhuk (UCC) and his daughter Andriana in Kyiv.
Fr. Roman is Archpriest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Patriarchal Cathedral in Kyiv and at the center of the ecumenical community in Kyiv working with Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Jewish, and Islamic faith leaders there.
Andriana is an attorney in Kyiv who also works at the Nursery school so prominent in the new film where she acts as both guide and impassioned interviewee.
I am also hopeful that several others will be joining as well including the ladies at Jul’s Coffee and Peace coffee shop in Bucha. This is going to be a celebration!
I am also very excited that Valeriia Vovk will be performing The War We Didn’t Ask For and several other selections before the screening. Valeriia donated the use of this song which is featured poignantly throughout the film – and it really sets the tone. Originally from Odesa she has Boston ties as a graduate of Berklee College of Music and as a member of Bear Witness where I was introduced to her by its president Alex Gamota. Both Valeriia and Alex will be joining the Q&A panel in Boston. For more see Back to Bucha – Valeriia Vovk to Perform at Boston Premiere (theoeco.org)
Seats are still available and registering for the event is encouraged to assure you have a seat. To register click here.
There is no charge to attend though donations are encouraged. 50% of net proceeds will go to Ukraine Forward and Bear Witness. To donate click here.
I hope to see you there or on TheoEco’s facebook page!