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 vital questions of self and belonging.
Director Darya Zhuk joined moderator Hannah Garibaldi (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a virtual discussion of her debut feature film.
This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center.
Media are global by nature; they express culture just as much as they transcend borders. The CWC Global series is dedicated to showcasing media from around the world. This series features screenings and events that place UCSB in conversation with international media makers and global contexts across our deeply connected world.