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NCSU students to shoot Ukraine documentary

Posted March 4, 2014

— Two North Carolina State University students are heading to Ukraine to produce a documentary about the political upheaval there.

Junior Andriy Shymonyak emigrated from Ukraine when he was 5, and he became an American citizen 10 years later.

"I think I harp on being an American over there and Ukrainian when I'm over here," Shymonyak said.

The two countries mean much to him.

"Whether I like it or not, both countries and both cultures have had an influence on my development and my thought process and beliefs," he said.

Those beliefs are taking him to the middle of the political unrest now roiling Ukraine. Together with fellow student Neel Mandavilli, he will spend spring break in Ukraine shooting a documentary detailing how people helped spark a revolution.

"The focus is to get the student/young person narrative, showing the roles these individuals played," Shymonyak said.

He said he hopes the documentary will help American students understand how young people don't have to accept the status quo and can change the world.

"In the end, it's about getting the student voice out and to give a human face to these protests," he said.

Shymonyak leaves for Ukraine on Wednesday and will meet Mandavilli there.


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  • Don Dickerson Mar 5, 2014
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    "In the end, it's about getting the student voice out and to give a human face to these protests,"-Andriy Shymonyak
    Yeah, um, we got the human face and all that, it's just none of the US's business. No matter how much Putin bungles the telling of it, this is a territorial dispute that has raged on and off for decades, with troubles that span at least a century. If it turns out Ukraine ends up under Russia's thumb, then that's just how it'll be, and we gain pretty much nothing good from interfering. This is very much like NC telling California how to treat animal abusers. You might be in the right, but you have no jurisdiction, so note your horror and move on! This is never going to be worth WWIII. The EU and Middle East are "the neighbors" there, and if they have the gumption, let THEM do something about it.

  • Vincent Vega Mar 5, 2014

    After the leaked phone call between US assistant sec state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, it was revealed that the real puppet masters behind the Maidan movement, and the true instigators of the Ukraine "revolution" were none other than the "developed" world superpowers, lead by the US. And now the leak today is that the snipers shot at both protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders! So first US orchestrates the Kiev overthrow, and now the new "leaders" of Ukraine are allegedly found to have fired against their own people - the same provocation they subsequently used to run Yanukovich out of the country and install a pro-Western puppet government. Of course, said pro-Western coalition has not been discreditated because Ms. Ashton has sternly refused to investigate, knowing quite well how horribly this would reflect on the new Ukraine "leadership" - a government which shot its own people to fabricate the pretext under which

  • Veronica Hammond Mar 5, 2014
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    Don't get yourself killed.