The Dash Café presents
Film screening: “How To Re-Establish a Vodka Empire”
With music from Iryna Muha and the Kibbitz Ensemble
The Dash Café presents an exclusive screening of the offbeat autobiographical documentary “How To Re-Establish a Vodka Empire”. The film charts the journey of film director Daniel Edelstyn as he tracks down his long lost Jewish Ukrainian heritage and then attempts to relaunch his great grandfather’s once glorious vodka empire.
Distinctive, funny and illuminating, the film constitutes a whirlwind journey through European and post-Soviet times and spaces. The story has it all, revolution and romance, exile and entrepreneurship, and at its heart lies a life changing discovery of a vodka distillery in Ukraine.
"A barnstorming tale of vodka and revolution” – BBC Radio
"A tender, extraordinary underdog tale filled with humor, fear and above all, spirit. A heady delight of a documentary that will warm your cockles." – **** Empire Magazine
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Daniel Edelstyn.
The evening also features music from acclaimed Ukrainian songstress Iryna Muha, playing in dynamic trio The Kibbitz Ensemble. Kibbitz is a folk ensemble playing Ukrainian, Russian, Serbian, French, and Bulgarian traditional melodies; firing Klezmer tunes and borderless Gypsy music. They will please your ears with old tunes that over the years have been passed from ear to ear, from accordion to clarinet, now rearranged through the filter of the Kibbitz members' diverse cultures.
The Kibbitz Ensemble are:
Abel Chaude – clarinet, accordion (France)
Melina Saxena – soprano saxophone (Norway)
Iryna Muha – double bass, hurdy-gurdy, vocals (Ukraine)