Designed in the late 1920s in Ukraine’s then-capital city of Kharkiv, Slovo House was built with the personal approval of Stalin as a communist haven for lauded Ukrainian writers. But as the Ukrainian art revival soured, and state control tightened, the writers faced a harrowing fate. Taras Tomenko’s gripping film conjures up the vibrant community of Slovo House in its heyday, and traces how this supposed paradise turned into a living hell.
This screening is presented in partnership with Ukrainian Institute, and followed by a talk with Dr Uilleam Blacker, lecturer in Comparative Russian and East European Culture at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.
Sunday Sessions - an occasional series that showcase inspiring films from auteurs, artists and adventurers.