Cinema in the Shadow of Empire: BAD ROADS (2020)


Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (View on map )

About the Film

Directed by Natalia Vorozhbit
Ukraine’s entry for the Best International Feature Film, 94th Academy Awards

Not Rated
106 minutes

Four short stories are set along the roads of Donbas during the war. There are no safe spaces and no one can make sense of just what is going on. Even as they are trapped in the chaos, some manage to wield authority over others. But in this world, where tomorrow may never come, not everyone is defenseless and miserable. Even the most innocent victims may have their turn at taking charge.

About the Director

Natalya Vorozhbit (1975) was born in Kiev and graduated from the Moscow Literary Institute. Bad Roads, her first film, was originally presented on stage in 2017 at the Royal Court Theater in London. The Royal Shakespeare Company produced her play The Grain Store in 2009; and her 2014 play Maidan: Voices From The Uprising was staged during the same season that year at both the Royal Court in London and Theatre.doc in Moscow. Vorozhbit was head writer for the acclaimed 2010 Russian TV series School and wrote the feature films STEEL BUTTERFLY (2012), WILD FIELDS(2016), and CYBORGS (2017).

Additional reading: "Ukrainian film-maker Natalka Vorozhbit: ‘I tried to warn the world’," Financial Times, March 30, 2022.


Film screenings are free, but tickets are required. Contact the DeBartolo Performing Arts ticket office at 574-631-2800 or order tickets online.


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