There are few sounds that stir the Ukrainian soul like the sparkling harmonies of a bandura capella. A distinctly Ukrainian instrument, it has become one of the most prominent cultural symbols among the diaspora community, uniquely patriotic as it is heart-wrenching and emotional.
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Similarly, documentary film director & producer Orest Sushko's newest feature, The Music of Survival, tells the complex story of the original 17 members of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus - a group of musicians who triumphed over incredible hardship and persecution during WWII to reestablish their ensemble in Kyiv after the war and continue to share their tradition with the world.
Tickets for the world premiere on September 25, 2014 at 8PM at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox are available through this link, or available for purchase by phone at (416) 599-TIFF (8433). (Note: Tickets purchased online and via phone are printed at the box office. Visitors are asked to bring the confirmation number and a piece of photo ID.)
Proceeds from the film will go toward a music education scholarship set up through the Taras Shevchenko Foundation in Canada. Read below the jump for more details and the official synopsis of the film from Director Orest Sushko.