by | May 19, 2022 | Films

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~ Winner, World Cinema Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival ~


Fri June 10, 7:00;  Sat June 11, 7:00;  Sun June 12 4:00

~ Benefit Screenings for ~

Hope4Ukraine Cincinnati and
Americares Ukraine Crisis Fund

Adults, $15 adv, $20 door. Students $10 adv, $15 door.
Proof of vaccination required for admission.


    The Earth is Blue as an Orange is a documentary, unlike many current films about Ukraine that focus on the politics, brutality, death and destruction in the conflict with Russia — films that dramatize what we already know and now regularly see in real-time media. This film is family-friendly, featuring adults, teens and young children. There are no sex and language issues; and no violent acts are shown although parts of the setting have been sundered by bombardment.

Kyiv-based writer/poet/filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk’s 74-minute documentary gives us a different perspective. She visits Krasnohorivka, a small town on the front lines of the war-torn region of Eastern Ukraine, making a surprising discovery. While the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, single mother Anna, her four children and five cats manage to keep their home a safe-haven, full of life and light. Family members have a passion for cinema, so it feels natural for them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war.  The film-within-a-film result is a unique work about movie making.

The creative process raises the question of what kind of impact 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.  Ignoring political topics, this film is an optimistic testament to the power of art, beauty and resilience in the face of destruction.

Festival juries and audiences felt strongly about “The Earth is Blue…” – winner at Sundance, Seattle, IDA, Intl Human Rights Festival, Reykjavik, Zurich, and more – 19 wins and 17 nominations.

Learn more in About The Film, Awards and Discussion Leaders, below.


Director Iryna Tsilyk, Ukraine/Lithuania, Documentary, 2020, 74 min, in Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles.

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Proof of full vaccination with booster is required for in-theatre admission, masking optional.

Friday June 10, 7:00
Saturday June 11, 7:00
Sunday June 12, 4:00

A portion of tickets sales will be shared with Hope4Ukraine (local) and Americares Ukraine Crisis Fund (national).
Adult Tickets
are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Student Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
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From Phil Hoad at The Guardian,
” This sensitive and astute Sundance-winning documentary, in which Kyiv-based director and poet Iryna Tsilyk haunts the back alleys of the Russo-Ukrainian war, is the antidote to the warped propaganda-fest depicted in the 2018 film Donbass. It layers fact and fiction as delicately as an onion as it focuses on the Trofymchuk-Gladky family, who are attempting to shoot piecemeal their own fictional work, called 2014, based on their wartime experiences. But, here, artifice and cinema work entirely in the service of good. They are a source of self-expression and spiritual nourishment for Ukrainians beaten down by close to a decade of fighting.

” Tsilyk mentored budding film-maker Myroslava Trofymchuk at a workshop, and it is the teenager we see here calling the shots for her family as they act in scenes hunkering down in their cellar; echoes of the shock and trauma they are simultaneously living for real, inspecting bomb damage by smartphone light.

” The whole household – including single mother Anna and her children – is clearly deeply invested in the project, squabbling over shot choices at dinner. Throughout, Tsilyk observes the family at work and repose in beautiful cinematography. The war itself starts to take on a provisional, make-believe quality amid the family’s filmmaking. A halo of kinship, love and the tenacious power of art is gathered around this film. “
Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd.


Festival Awards & Nominations

Sundance Film Festival
2020, Winner, Directing Award World Cinema – Documentary
2020, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize World Cinema – Documentary

Seattle International Film Festival
2021, Winner, Grand Jury Prize – Documentary Competition

International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival
2020, Winner, Best Film – Doc/World International Competition
2020, Winner, Best Film – Doc/Ukraine National Competition

International Documentary Association
2021, Winner, IDA Award – Best Cinematography

International Human Rights Film Festival
2020, Winner, Human Rights Award – Special Mention

Reykjavik International Film Festival
2020, Winner, A Different Tomorrow Award – Special Mention
2020, Nominee, A Different Tomorrow Award – Best Documentary

Zurich Film Festival
2020, Winner, Special Mention International Documentary Film
2020, Nominee, Best International Documentary Film

Adelaide Film Festival
2020, Nominee, Best Documentary

Berlin International Film Festival
2020, Nominee, Crystal Bear – Best Film

Biograf Film Festival
2020, Winner, Best Debut Film
2020, Nominee, Best Film – International Competition

Cinema Eye Honors Awards, USA
2021, Winner, Spotlight Award

Dokufest Intl Documentary & Short Film Festival
20202, Winner, Human Rights Award – Best DocNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USA
2012, 3rd place, NSFC Award, Best Foreign Language Film

Gimli Film Festival
2020, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize

Millennium Docs Against Gravity, Poland
2020, Winner, Grand Prix Award
2020, Winner, Best Cinematography
2020, Winner, Bydgoszcz ART.DOC Award

Minsk International Film Festival
2020, Nominee, Grand Prix Documentary Film Competition

One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
2020, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize International Competition

São Paulo International Film Festival
2020, Nominee, New Directors Competition Best Documentary

Tallgrass International Film Festival
2020, Winner, DOXX Spotlight

Tempo Documentary Festival
2021, Winner, Jarl Award Best International Documentary

Ukrainian Film Academy Awards
2021, Winner, Best Documentary
2021, Winner, Best Cinematography
2021, Winner, Best Best Editing
2021, Nominee, Best Film
2021, Nominee, Audience Choice

Ukrainian Film Critics Awards
2020, Winner, Best Documentary
2020, Winner, Discovery of the Year
2020, Nominee, Best Director

ZagrebDox Festival
2021, Winner, Movies That Matter Award Nominee
2021, Nominee, International Competition 

Zinebi International Film Festival 
2021, Winner, ZIFF Grand PrAward for Best Film



Alina ZilbergertsAlina Zilbergerts

A native of Kyiv, Ukraine, Alina Zilbergerts has lived and worked in the Cincinnati area for the last twenty years. Currently she is a data analytics engineer at InfoTrust in Mason, a company specializing in online measurement architecture for multi-brand companies. During her tenture, Alina acquired coveted GCP Cloud Architect and GCP Data Engineer certifications.

Like Alina, the InfoTrust founders were born in Ukraine with family and friends currently in-country. Drawing on robust leadership and staff diversity, the company has established a foundation to support Ukrainian refugees and technology workers, as well as a scholarship fund at the University of Cincinnati to support international students impacted by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Previously, Alina spent 17 years as a high-end software developer with Rina Systems, in Montgomery Ohio. Active in community affairs and Treasurer of Hope-4-Ukraine, Alina, husband Oleg and family reside in the Mason area.


Oleg UmnovOleg Umnov

Born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine, Oleg Umnov is currently a data engineer with Cincinnati Financial Corporation. A graduate of the Kyiv Poltechnic Institute, he has been in Cincinnati for twenty years.

His work experience includes several years in data engineering with Kendle International, Cincinnati Bell, Sogeti, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Oleg, wife Alina and children live in the Mason area, where he is active in community groups and Ukrainian organizations.


Yuliya JohanningmeierYuliya Johanningmeier

From Kyiv, Ukraine, Yuliya has lived in the Cincinnati area for twenty-four years.  She came to Cincinnati to obtain treatment of her baby son’s rare blood disorder at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Yuliya says that Cincinnati’s generosity and welcoming community inspired her to remain in the area.

With a background in fundraising and marketing , she is currently a Major Gifts Officer with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and has previously served with the Cincinnati Ballet, and the Life Learning Center.

Yuliya received a Master of Public Administration from NKU, and she has volunteered with ProKids and the Center for Great Neighborhoods.  She and her husband Scott live in Mt. Lookout.


Oksana SergeenkovaOksana Sergeenkova

A native of Sumy, Ukraine, located close to the Russian border, Oksana moved to Denver in 2008 and later to Cincinnati where she now resides in the Loveland area with her husband and two children.

She is president of Hope4Ukraine and a very active member of the local Ukrainian community. Oksana is also a member of Cincinnati branch of UNWMLA (Ukrainian National Women’s League of America).



Hope4UkraineHope4Ukraine is a non-profit organization founded in February 2022 in response to the Russian invasion in Ukraine. Our mission is to raise funds and channel them directly to verified contacts in Ukraine assisting those who cannot provide for themselves – orphans, refugees from war zones, the elderly, and animals.

Founders and officers are Oksana Sergeenkova – President, Natalya Artemova – Treasurer, Alina Zilbergerts – Secretary. Learn more:
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