These dear friends of Razom are not only celebrating their 70th anniversary, but also the world premiere of documentary film “Veselka: The Rainbow on the Corner at the Center of the World” at Village East cinema.
This February, come show your support for Veselka, their incredible team, and their profound impact on the community.
All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Razom. ❤️
VESELKA: THE RAINBOW ON THE CORNER AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD
New York City’s beloved Ukrainian restaurant Veselka is best known for its borscht and varenyky, but it has become a beacon of hope for Ukraine. As the second-generation owner Tom Birchard reluctantly retires after 54 years, his son Jason faces the pressures of stepping into his father’s shoes as the war in Ukraine impacts his family and staff.
VESELKA: THE RAINBOW ON THE CORNER AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD is the story of New York City’s beloved Ukrainian restaurant Veselka and its father and son proprietors, Tom and Jason Birchard. When Jason graduated college without a vision for his future, Tom brings him into the family business. Jason learns that Tom’s dedication to Veselka produces delicious food that satisfies a colorful cast of neighbors and newcomers, but this leaves little time for Tom to be “dad” at work.
In 2020, Jason takes ownership of Veselka from his reluctant-to-retire father. He has large shoes to fill, but Jason’s biggest challenge becomes the war in Ukraine. He is unexpectedly thrust into the role of surrogate father to support his Ukrainian staff impacted by the war. Jason must explore his past working relationship with his own dad to “feed” his war-torn team as he keeps his business afloat.
Narrated by Golden Globe Winner and Little Ukraine native David Duchovny, VESELKA: THE RAINBOW ON THE CORNER AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD is a thoughtful exploration and celebration of family and community, chronicling Jason’s journey to connect with his loving yet detail-focused dad as he reignites his Grandfather’s pro-Ukraine goals behind his creation of Veselka in 1954.
For 70 years, Veselka has been the vibrant and welcoming heart of the community and now its role, and Jason’s, is more vital than ever.
Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Razom. Tickets: HERE