Description

Grande Prairie’s local Ukrainian dance group, the Troyanda Society of Ukrainian Culture and Heritage, is hosting a fundraising documentary movie event. DON’T WORRY, THE DOORS WILL OPEN, revealing pre-war Life in Ukraine and “Ancestors and Elders”, showcasing Edmonton’s world famous Shumka Ukrainian Dancers.

The Troyanda Society of Ukrainian Culture and Heritage is a non-profit society working to preserve and promote Ukrainian heritage for almost 50 years.

All proceeds will be shared between the Troyanda Society of Ukrainian Culture and Heritage and the Ukraine-Canada Foundation Humanitarian Aid Fund

These two documentaries will run about 2.5 hours in total length starting at 2 pm on Saturday November 12, 2022. All seats $20.00. A fundraising concession will be open. All net proceeds to the worthy causes.

Tickets through the Grande Prairie Live Theatre Box Office or online @ gplt.ca.

Don’t Worry, the Doors Will Open: Synopsis

Shot over summer and winter seasons on elektrychkas, typical Soviet commuter trains that travel between the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and small provincial towns, DON’T WORRY, THE DOORS WILL OPEN invites us to share a ride with working class, mostly marginalized passengers and vendors. Following a number of people from one grimy wagon to another, from station to station, from day to night, we are immersed in the daily struggles of their lives in a post-Soviet country. DON’T WORRY
is an atmospheric and intensely human portrait of Ukrainian society on the move.
Filmed during a complicated time, the film is a look at the human condition and an intimate point of view on history of independent Ukraine as it is experienced by the common people. We do not see images of war in the film but feel its presence in the air penetrating our character’s minds and hearts. Today, the trains are worn out. The windows cannot open or close. The toilets don’t work. In winter, the seats are covered with frost. Once aboard the elektrychka, there is an omnipresent fear that the vehicle will break apart. Despite the discomfort, the elektrychka is a space people love and trust because nothing can destroy this piece of Soviet iron.

A Big Thankyou goes out to the producers of this documentary. They have donated by waiving their usual license fee.