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NCSU students to shoot Ukraine documentary

Posted March 4, 2014 7:26 p.m. EST

— 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.