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Screens for Teens: Ice Breakers and Olga

A young woman looks to her right with a simple expression.
© Kino Lorber


Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This series of contemporary and classic films is specially curated for teenagers in and around Cambridge. The selection, including both short and feature-length films, is meant to provide teens with an opportunity to watch work focused explicitly on their experiences. Covering a range of topics, emotions, and nuances, these free films—depending on length and scope—will be followed by conversation with faculty from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

About today’s films:

Ice Breakers, 2019 (National Film Board of Canada; English; 15 min.)

Josh Crooks is a promising teen hockey star in a sport where Black players like him are chronically underrepresented. He learns that his unshakable passion is tied to a rich and remarkable heritage when he discovers the buried history of a pioneering Black hockey league in Atlantic Canada.

Olga, 2021 (Kino Lorber; French, Ukrainian, and Russian with English subtitles; 85 min.)

In Elie Grappe’s award-winning drama, a talented young gymnast from Kyiv, played by real-life former Ukrainian national team member Anastasiia Budiashkina, moves to Switzerland to pursue her Olympic dreams. The film follows 15-year-old Olga as she tries to make friends on her new team and adjust to life in her new home. As she relentlessly trains in preparation for the European Championships, her friends and family back in Ukraine are taking to the streets in what would become known as the Maidan Revolution. Olga is left a powerless, distant bystander as her mother, an investigative journalist, faces danger and violence in her work challenging the brutal Yanukovich regime. While the historic events depicted in the film are intricately linked with the subsequent Russian invasion, providing rich insight into the current situation in Ukraine, Grappe’s camera never strays from the point of view of a remarkable young woman struggling to find her way in the world. (Kino Lorber)

Free admission. Seating is first come, first served.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Doors will open at 1:30pm.

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