Notes on a trip to Kyiv

On the night I arrived in Kyiv (Tuesday, January 23), the film Golda, dubbed in Ukrainian, premiered in the city’s main conference center near Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square). The by-invitation-only screening was organized by the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, and the theatre was packed, with over 400 people. The organizers were relieved. That morning, twelve hours earlier, the Russians carried out an extended drone and rocket attack on Kyiv that wounded 20 people. Inna Ioffe, Executive Director of the Jewish Confederation, was worried that the invitees would stay home and the theatre would be empty. Instead, there was a packed house and a successful premier.

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Originally appeared @The War in Ukraine: Jewish News by David Fishman.