Environmental Reporting Program Director to Screen Films at the University of Kansas

Environmental Reporting Program Director to Screen Films at the University of Kansas

Andrew Tkach, an award-winning news director and producer, will be participating in screenings of his films on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 as part of International Education Week at the Office of International Programs at the University of Kansas campus.

“Hunger for Truth,” a 76-minute film, explores the dynamics between truth-telling and disinformation in the public sphere, according to a news release from KU. It will be shown at 7 p.m. in 100 Stauffer-Flint Hall. Tkach will be available for questions after the film, which tells the story of Rhea Clyman, a young Canadian reporter who traveled across the Soviet Union in the 1930s when Stalin’s manmade famine was ravaging Ukraine. The film juxtaposes the historical event of the famine with today’s military conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to the KU release.

Tkach, originally from Ukraine, currently teaches at the Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications in Nairobi, Kenya, and has more than 25 years of experience producing documentaries and TV magazine reports, including for CNN and “60 Minutes.” He has won eight News and Documentary Emmys for his work.

Prior to forming his own company, Messy Moment Media, Tkach was the principal long-form producer of Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international anchor. They collaborated on a string of award-winning CNN documentaries and on more than 30 TV magazine reports for “60 Minutes,” according to the Aga Khan University website.

The first film screening at KU, “Plastics Are Forever,” will be at noon Wednesday, at 318 Bailey Hall, as part of KU’s Ujamaa Food for Thought Series. The film tells the story of conservation efforts by Kenyans to clean up their Indian Ocean coastline and recycle the plastic debris that clutters their white sand beaches. Tkach will lead a discussion about how environmental issues affect local communities after the screening.

The two screenings and discussions with Tkach have been co-organized by the Kansas African Studies Center, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies and Center for Global & International Studies. Co-sponsors include the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Environmental Studies Program and the School of Journalism.

SOURCE: Lawrence Journal-World.