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SPEAKER: Poetic Response following Family Portrait in Black and White Film Africa 2012

FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE

Dir. Julia Ivanova. Ukraine. 2011. 90 mins.

Olga Nenya is no ordinary blonde-haired, blue-eyed Ukrainian woman. She is foster mother to seventeen children – sixteen of whom are mixed race, no easy task in one of the most racist countries in the world. Strong, sometimes dictatorial, and steeped in Soviet doctrine, Olga is often brought into conflict with the large family she nurtures. Several of the children’s stories are sensitively followed as they grow up and try to define their own identities outside of Olga’s loving yet restrictive nest. 

Followed by a poetic response to the film