Ukraine: The Boy from Kharkiv

Ya Mogo Govorit

There are few scenes in 20th-century cinema that I hold as dear as the opening scene of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Zerkalo (Mirror). I have identified with the young man in that scene in terms of the struggle to express myself in my art and, in terms of getting through life itself in difficult times …. as Russian forces assault the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv … I am reminded how the young man in this scene struggles to say that he hails from Kharkov (Russian for Kharkiv) …. My prayers are with that boy from Kharkiv.