Moustache Funk (Вусатий фанк)
Thursday, February 23, 2023, 7PM
Free for members and $7 (plus tax) for non-members.
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This is a film to warm you up on a cold winter night! Moustache Funk details the emergence of pop music in the Ukrainian SSR during the 1970s. It begins in the late 1960s, when the Soviet politburo directed the creation of musical groups analogous to those of the West in a bid to sway the youth away from western music. However, the scheme did not go according to plan: instead of a party loyal to the Communist government, an original modern scene was born, what some call “golden era” of Ukrainian pop music. The creators of the film gave it the name Mustache Funk because most members of famous bands of the time wore a mustache. Reviewers have described this film as “an accurate story about original Ukrainian music, [which] was much more interesting and progressive than Soviet views on culture.”
This Winter, we continue learning about the modern history of Ukraine through the monthly documentary film series that began in Fall 2022. This is an opportunity for everyone interested in contemporary Ukraine to learn more about its struggles and triumphs in the 20th and 21st centuries. All films are bilingual Ukrainian/English, with subtitles and are screened onsite at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Saskatoon. The Museum will host an informal discussion following each film.