Carol of the Bells (IN-PERSON)


West Newton Cinema Wed, Jul 20 7:00 PM
Film List
Film List:Yes
Film Type
Film Type:In-Person
Film Info
Director(s):Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko
Type of Film:Fiction


Immortalised as one of the most scintillating and uplifting Christmas songs, Carol of the Bells adapted from a popular and loved Ukrainian folk melody, came to represent the spirit of brotherhood and unity all over the world. The peaceful and neighbourly existence of three families, Polish, Ukrainian and Jewish, sharing a large house, musical evenings and merriment in the city of Stanislaviv in the years preceding and post war, is shattered. First in the Soviet occupation and the persecution of the Polish family, then, by the Nazi occupation of Ukraine, and the decimation of the Jewish family. Sacrificing their lives the Ukrainian family manage to save their neighbours' children and their own daughter. Death and loss come to these families, but the healing power and joy, and a promise that the Future Will Not be Cancelled which "Carol of the Bells' evokes will be everlasting.


Featuring a pre-recorded introduction from director Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko. 


Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko is from the Chernihiv region in Ukraine. She graduated from the Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. Her graduation film project Molfar won the jury award at the New Cinema Film Festival in Moscow.

From 2006-2013, she worked as a director and a film editor at the production company Technomedia. In 2014, she directed her short film Cello

In addition to her recent feature Carol of the Bells, Olesya has directed The Tale of Money, The Borderline Hrubieszow Operation, Deportation 44-46 and is currently in production on the feature documentary And Every River.

Outside of directing, Olesya has taught film editing to the students of the Chervony Sobaka Studio's animation training course for children.


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