Anna Dovgopol, Ukrainian human rights activist, and Toronto filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw take the stage at Innis Hall
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. (St. George subway)
LGBT people played a key role in Ukraine's Euromaidan revolution. They were also among the first to be targeted by the Russian occupation in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought (Ryerson University) and The Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine (University of Toronto) present a forum featuring Ukrainian human rights activist Anna Dovgopol speaking about the current situation of LGBT people in Ukraine, in conversation with Toronto-based Ukrainian Canadian filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw. The conversation will be moderated by Ukraine expert Dr. Taras Koznarksy and followed by a sneak preview of Bociurkiw’s latest documentary "This Is Gay Propaganda". Proceeds from this event will go to the Insight Shelter for LGBT Refugees based in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Ukraine’s historic Euromaidan Revolution of 2013-14 brought together a diverse array of political, faith-based and activist communities. Among these was the LGBT community, a vibrant network drawn from over 40 LGBT centres, groups and NGOs across Ukraine. While the rainbow flag remained largely hidden for fear of harassment, LGBT activists were everywhere: working on the SOS hotline, standing guard in hospitals, fighting on the front lines.
The screening will be the soft launch of Marusya Bociurkiw’s latest film, a documentary short that follows the progress of the Euromaidan revolution, the Russian invasion and anti-gay laws that followed, from the perspective of LGBT Ukrainians. Interviewing queer refugees from Russian-occupied Donetsk, as well as LGBT activists from Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odessa, this film juxtaposes tragedy, creativity and celebration in its portrayal of eight activists struggling for the human rights of LGBT people across Ukraine and the former Soviet Bloc.
Anna Dovgopol is a Gender Democracy Program Coordinator at Heinrich Boell Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine, responsible for supporting LGBT/queer, feminist and gender initiatives. She is also a queer activist, and member of the Kyiv Pride organizing team.
Marusya Bociurkiw is a filmmaker, author, and associate professor of media theory in RTA School of Media. She is director of The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought at Ryerson University. Dr. Bociurkiw’s media works and books about sexuality, Ukrainian ethnicity, food, and culture have been screened and read all over the world. Her films and videos are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and The National Archives.