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April 5, 2018

Women's History Month Keynote: This Is Gay Propaganda

7:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m. End Time
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. | Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State Peter & Elizabeth Tower Screening Room

Marusya Bociurkiw, LGBTQ activist and director of the Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought at Ryerson University in Toronto will present her film, This Is Gay Propaganda, a documentary from the perspective of LGBT Ukrainians, that follows the progress of the Euromaidan revolution, and the Russian occupation that followed.

Bociurkiw, a Canadian of Ukrainian descent, traveled to three Ukrainian cities in 2014, tracking the impact of Russia’s “gay propaganda law,” in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine. There are now some 2 million internally displaced people in Ukraine, and LGBT people compose a significant part of that population. Meet Alexandra, whose face was on a “wanted” poster plastered across the city of Donetsk; Anna, a lesbian activist who witnessed Russian-backed violence in the border town of Kharkiv; Olena, who taught women’s self-defense classes during Euromaidan and now fights the spread of anti-gay laws in Eastern Europe. From harrowing accounts of escape and exile to stories of creative resistance, this film shows a side of the conflict in Ukraine the world has not yet seen.

Bociurkiw will also be available for a discussion on video activism on Friday, April 6, 1:00 p.m. at Buckham Hall B145.

Open to: everyone