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Interview: Belarusian Filmmaker Darya Zhuk on Her First Feature Film

Darya Zhuk

“I was trying to create a character that I myself would identify with.” A film from Belarus titled Crystal Swan premiered at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this year, the feature directorial debut of a talented filmmaker named Darya Zhuk. Darya grew up in Minsk, Belarus, but left at age 16 to study in the US. After graduating college and years of working in various jobs, she eventually went to study directing at Columbia University and has finally completed her first feature film – Crystal Swan, about a young Belarusian woman named Velya who is trying to get a visa to go visit the USA. The film premiered to positive reviews and is still searching for an American distributor, but I wanted to bring extra attention to this filmmaker and her film. Here is my interview with Darya Zhuk, discussing the challenges and joys of making her first feature. ›››

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