EXCLUSIVERaw Truth Entertainment, from Dr. Alfred Roth and Janet Roth, has opted for Kalani Pickhart’s acclaimed debut novel. I will die in a foreign land, with plans to develop it as a film. The Ukrainian-American production company will fully finance the film as its first feature film, with a view to shooting in Ukraine.
The book published by Two Dollar Radio follows four people over the course of a volatile Ukrainian winter as their lives are forever changed by the 2013 Euromaidan protests, a wave of civil unrest that rocked the nation, following the decision of his government to lean on his ties. with Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union, instead of signing the European Union-Ukraine Association Agreement. The outrage that followed reflected public perceptions of widespread corruption and abuses of power within the Ukrainian government, including the violation of human rights.
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One of the novel’s protagonists, Katya, is a Ukrainian-American doctor stationed in a makeshift medical clinic at St. Michael’s Monastery. Misha is an engineer originally from Pripyat, who has lived in Kyiv since the death of his wife; Slava is a fiery young activist whose past hardships strengthen her resolve in the face of persecution; and Aleksandr Ivanovich, a former KGB agent, climbs on top of a burning police bus in Independence Square and plays the piano.
As the lives of Katya, Misha, Slava and Aleksandr intertwine, each seeks their own solace during a particularly tumultuous and violent period. The story is also told by a choir of voices that incorporates folklore and narrates a turbulent Slavic history.
I will die in a foreign land won the 2022 New York Public Library Young Lions Award for Fiction and was longlisted for the 2022 Virginia Commonwealth University First Cabell Novelist Award upon publication in October 2021. its author has appeared in quarterly review and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among other outlets. Pickhart has also received fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Center and the Intelligence Bureau for Eastern European and Eurasian Studies of the US Department of State.
Los Angeles-based production company Raw Truth Entertainment was founded in 2020 with a mission to share stories that highlight the current state of humanity. the deal for I will die in a foreign land it was traded by the Gotham Group, which represents Two Dollar Radio.
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