Set in the immediate aftermath of Belarus’s independence, Crystal Swan (2018) follows the path of Evelina, a young woman who dreams of moving to Chicago and pursuing her passion for music. Obtaining a US visa proves a difficult endeavor, however. Determined to leave the country, Evelina debates buying a letter of employment from the black market. Depicting a nation anticipating a brighter future and a heroine insistent on making her own destiny, Crystal Swan explores vivid questions of self and belonging.
Director Darya Zhuk will join moderator Hannah Garibaldi (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a virtual discussion of her debut feature film. Two days before the event, registered attendees will receive a link enabling them to screen the film in advance.