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« on: August 22, 2009, 05:41:04 PM »

Kseniya Simonova, the winner of this year's "Ukraine's Got Talent" tells the story of Germany conquering Ukraine in the second world war using an amazing medium- sand animation. She brings calm, then conflict. A couple on a bench become a woman's face; a peaceful walkway becomes a conflagration; a weeping widow morphs into an obelisk for an unknown soldier. She destroys then recreates her scenes - with deft strokes, sprinkles and sweeps she keeps the narrative going. She moves the judges to tears as she subtitles the final scene 'you are always near'. Here is the video of her amazing performance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=518XP8prwZo

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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2009, 05:54:15 PM »

Wow!  That was absolutely amazing to watch.  Thanks George!
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2009, 11:51:45 PM »

Wow!  That was absolutely amazing to watch.  Thanks George!

I can't add anything more...
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2009, 02:13:38 AM »

Was that Metallica in the background?  HA!
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2009, 04:29:14 AM »

We're having a debate at work about the last image she makes. Do you think the sailor in the window is the father returning home after the war, or do you think it is the child's reflection in the glass reminding the woman of her lover and making her smile? I tend to the latter and think the subtitle "You Are Always Near" supports this.
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2009, 04:47:14 AM »

I definitely think it is the latter.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2009, 09:37:56 AM »

WOW! That was brilliant!!
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2009, 05:20:55 PM »

I've seen it earlier. I was stunned.
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2009, 05:42:44 PM »

Beautiful....
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2009, 06:48:28 PM »

Beautiful-shmutiful, talent-shmalent, but she presents a 100% Stalinist version of the so-called "Great Patriotic War," with the songs written by Stalin's lackeys, and so on and so forth. Ignorance really is a bliss. Sad
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2009, 07:12:21 PM »

Beautiful-shmutiful, talent-shmalent, but she presents a 100% Stalinist version of the so-called "Great Patriotic War," with the songs written by Stalin's lackeys, and so on and so forth. Ignorance really is a bliss. Sad

Politics aside George, its beautiful artwork. Not knowing the details of the battle between Germany and Ukraine, I think her message tells the heartache many families go through during war. Regardless of which side they are on.

Sons and daughters are lost on both sides. Heartache is felt all around.
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2009, 07:13:35 PM »

We're having a debate at work about the last image she makes. Do you think the sailor in the window is the father returning home after the war, or do you think it is the child's reflection in the glass reminding the woman of her lover and making her smile? I tend to the latter and think the subtitle "You Are Always Near" supports this.

I think it's the mother and child saying "Goodbye" to the father, and letting him know that he will always be with them in spirit.
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2009, 07:11:03 AM »

Beautiful-shmutiful, talent-shmalent, but she presents a 100% Stalinist version of the so-called "Great Patriotic War," with the songs written by Stalin's lackeys, and so on and so forth. Ignorance really is a bliss. Sad

Politics aside George, its beautiful artwork. Not knowing the details of the battle between Germany and Ukraine, I think her message tells the heartache many families go through during war. Regardless of which side they are on.

Sons and daughters are lost on both sides. Heartache is felt all around.


Yes, but the world should know that there was some history different from what's written in books influenced, on the one end, by Stalinist authors and on the other by liars like the Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Duranty. Sons and daughters (100,000 or so of them) also fought in the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, against both Hitler and Stalin, and almost all of them perished, and nobody ever honors them.

As far as beautiful artwork, Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will" is a pretty powerful piece of art, too (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_of_the_Will). So are Soviet cult films of the 1930-s like "Merry Young Men," "Volga, Volga!", and "The Circus." This sand impersonation is of the same spirit...
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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2009, 07:29:11 AM »

Everyone has his own right to remember such things in history as they will.

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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2009, 08:09:18 AM »

Politics aside George, its beautiful artwork. Not knowing the details of the battle between Germany and Ukraine, I think her message tells the heartache many families go through during war. Regardless of which side they are on.
I agree. The narrative Ksenia presents could just as equally be about a German couple and their child and the location could be Berlin during and after the war.
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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2009, 11:37:28 AM »

Beautiful-shmutiful, talent-shmalent, but she presents a 100% Stalinist version of the so-called "Great Patriotic War," with the songs written by Stalin's lackeys, and so on and so forth. Ignorance really is a bliss. Sad

It truly resonates at the core of my soul.. I see no problem as we are all different...One man's beauty is another man's ugliness..  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2009, 11:38:02 AM »

Politics aside George, its beautiful artwork. Not knowing the details of the battle between Germany and Ukraine, I think her message tells the heartache many families go through during war. Regardless of which side they are on.
I agree. The narrative Ksenia presents could just as equally be about a German couple and their child and the location could be Berlin during and after the war.

Same here - I agree.
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« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2009, 02:50:18 PM »

Does it mean "you're always near" ? That would make more sense.
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« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2009, 05:38:19 AM »

Incredible video... simply breathtaking. Such emotional energy conveyed by such a simple artistic medium is profound. Thanks for posting it.

Was that Metallica in the background?  HA!

It was a Metallica song, 'Nothing Else Matters,' played by the Finnish cello group Apocalyptica.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXEpP21soXY
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