Oles Danylovych – Filming a Global Journey
We have all heard about the Six Degrees of Separation. London is – perhaps – the best place to observe this at work. If anything, fewer degrees separate the inhabitants of this city, as we rub shoulder-to-shoulder with a dizzying array of diverse individuals on a daily – even hourly – basis.
At the start of the programme, we obtained a long list of Ukrainian-born academics from our language tutor and were sure that at least one of them would be willing to participate in our film. As the days flew quickly by, most of them haven’t replied and those that did were too busy to fit us into our schedule.
Luckily, as we were becoming increasingly nervous about our prospects London’s dynamic multiculturalism – and that of UCL – saved the day. One member of our group remembered briefly meeting Oles an MA in Comparative Literature student born in the West Ukrainian city of Lviv – bang on the border of the Danubian region.
Not only was Oles willing and available to be interviewed, he proved remarkably patient and flexible willing to walk in and out of the main library and climb up and down the portico steps as many times as we needed in order to get enough high-quality footage.
The practicalities of the filming aside, Oles was really the perfect candidate to be featured in a film about global citizenship. Already hailing from a region of ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity at the time of his birth, he went on to live the life of a post-boy for globalism and diversity.
After a short stint in Russia, which admittedly he didn’t like, Oles spent more than 10 years living and studying in Switzerland where he completed his Bachelor’s at the multicultural American University of Geneva. In September last year, he decided that the only place for him to study a programme on literature would be the UK.
All-the-while, Oles stayed connected to his country of birth. Although he admitted to having a more “global” outlook than most of his compatriots and finds it difficult to connect with most Ukrainian people in London because of this, he closely follows political and cultural developments in Ukraine and has been able to build up a truly global social network.