Culture News, 29/01/2018

Story about Singer and Warrior Gathers Packed Audience

On January 27,  “The Myth” movie about the Ukrainian world-famous opera singer Vasyl Slipak, who was killed in ATO zone, was screened in one of the Kharkiv’s cinemas.

The film presents the moving story of the Hero and modern Ukraine, which has been fighting for its independence since 2014. Vasyl Slipak, a genial soloist of the Paris Opera, went voluntarily to Donbas to protect Ukraine after the Russian armed aggression had started. He served as a soldier in Pravyi Sector (Right Sector in Ukrainian) unit and had a call sign Myth. In a battle of June 29, 2016, he was killed by a sniper’s bullet, having saved lives of his fellow soldiers.

“The cinema was packed and the viewers – mostly Kharkiv activists, volunteers and soldiers – were standing in the aisles as well to see the film,” says Kharkiv journalist Volodymyr Chystylin, who calls the film “very emotional, honest and insightful.”

The documentary about the life of Vasyl Slipak, who gave up world fame and the big stage to become a soldier to protect his people and to die for them, stirred a wave of emotions.

“It was hard to watch the movie. Sometimes you feel that your heart is breaking. But we have to live on and to rethink everything that has happened to us, as a society. The story of heroism and self-sacrifice makes everyone think over their own lives. After each such death we lose part of our self, however, such documentaries make us stronger,” says Chystylin.

After the screening, film director Leonid Kanter and military volunteer Halyna Klempouz, who personally knew the singer, held a discussion with the Kharkiv audience. They raised the question whether an artist should take the gun and go to the front and talked about personal choice during the war.

From February 8, the film is screened in all cinemas of Ukraine.

Reference: Vasyl Slipak (December 20, 1974 – June 29, 2016) was a Ukrainian baritone opera singer. From 1994 he frequently performed in France at the Paris Opera and The Opéra Bastille. For his opera performance, Slipak received several awards, including “Best Male Performance” for the Toreador Song. He was posthumously awarded Hero of Ukraine as a military volunteer.

Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: Iryna Ilinska, Volodymyr Chystylin, Myth FB