SCREENING: 14 November 2018 at 18:30

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Dirs. Leonid Kanter and Ivan Yasniy, 2017, Ukraine, 62 mins

UK Premiere + Q&A - GUEST TBC

Myth is the story of Vasyl Slipak, a world-class opera singer with a unique and remarkable countertenor/bass baritone voice. Living in France for 19 years, he had everything that most would call happiness: fame and acclaim, fulfilling work, true friends and love. But when Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, at the peak of Vasyl’s career, he left his life in Europe and his partner to head to the front lines in Donbas, insisting that his country needed him more than French opera did. Taking his nom de guerre, Mif (“myth” in Ukranian), from his favourite aria, Mephistopheles from the opera Faust, he joined the ranks of volunteers fighting Russian-backed separatists on Ukraine’s eastern front. Focusing on the human side of his remarkable and tragic story, this documentary captures the heroism and patriotism of “the voice from the Don” who died from a sniper’s bullet in June 2016.

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