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FROM THE AGES OF MARIA ORANTA OF KYIV

1988
color
19'52"
Russian

Script T.Dmytruk
Director V.Khmelnytskyi

 

 

Camera tour around Kyiv churches. They are the face and the soul of the city. Each of them is a milestone of the history of people, state, city and the human being. They witnessed nomadic invasions, wars, and changes of power, worship and sacrilege. Despite all these, the colors of the wonderful mosaic of the Virgin Maria Oranta (an icon of the Theotokos with upraised hands in a gesture of prayer) have not faded. The mosaic represents Maria who prays for her children almost for thousand years. They say that till Maria Oranta stays, ancient and ever-young Kyiv will live.