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Directed by Mykhailo Bogdanov
USA | 9 min | 2021
A thought-provoking exploration of natural silence and human existence within it.
Avoesis is a two year project in which Mykhailo delve into the essence of natural silence and human existence within it. This short documentary presents a culmination of collective work with Liam Heneghan and Edward Tverdek about this subject through philosophical, spiritual and ecological lenses.
In the documentary, the desert metaphor illustrates the forest of tomorrow while Jesus himself is that perplexing fallen tree. The written word in a notebook is lasting insight perceived throughout times. Silence in the sanctuary swallowed by an urban environment is a portrayal of the Divine’s echo from above – the universe. The reality of universe is silence. That infinite silence is certainly not as captivating as the avoesis of our own precious and unique natural world.
Mykhailo Bogdanov (he/him) is a filmmaker who was born and raised in the small village of Yaltushkiv, Ukraine. On his own, he immigrated to the USA in 2012 at the age of 19. Mykhailo holds a BA in Film and Television from the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University. He also has a MS in Environmental Science from DePaul University. Many of his films explore themes of spirituality and sustainability. His short documentary AVOESIS was screened at the 29th Oscar®-qualifying Austin Film Festival.
Director: Mykhailo Bogdanov
Runtime: 9 min.
Cinematography: Mykhailo Bogdanov
Editor: Mykhailo Bogdanov
Producer: Katarzyna Pomian Bogdanov, Mykhailo Bogdanov