My Babushka: Searching for Ukrainian Identities

2001 / US / documentary

Director: Barbara Hammer
English, Ukrainian, Russian, with Lithuanian and English subtitles, 53 min

Driven by her natural curiosity and a wish to explore her family roots, American experimental and queer cinema legend Barbara Hammer travelled to Ukraine in 2000. In a country in turmoil, she turned her camera on a society just beginning to open up: civil liberties and cultural differences, homophobia and anti-Semitism, economic hardship and feminism. Hammer discovers old political, social and cultural barriers collapsing, but nothing new is there to replace them. Amid struggles to establish fixed points of reference, Hammer searches for personal and collective identities, an issue that, more than two decades after the release of this documentary, takes on renewed urgency amid the Russian invasion.

Barbara Hammer (1939-2019) was an American feminist filmmaker and one of the pioneers of lesbian cinema. During her five-decade-long career, she made nearly a hundred experimental films exploring identities, bodies, sexuality and the stories that lie between these electrified denominators. Hammer’s extensive filmography spans hippie experiments of 1970s California, radical, skewed documentaries, ironic biographies and intimate narratives.

The film presented by Natalija Arlauskaitė.


August 9, 9.00 PM
Patiltė, Liubarto g. 2 (under Liubartas bridge), Vilnius