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For 70 years, New York City’s beloved East Village Ukrainian restaurant Veselka has been the vibrant and welcoming heart of the community.

After taking ownership of the restaurant over from his father, Jason has big shoes to fill, but his biggest challenge becomes how to support his staff, who are mostly Ukrainian immigrants and refugees from the war.

Unexpectedly thrust into the role of surrogate father to support his staff and their families affected 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, and a reminder of how these simple things are the key ingredients to a successful and happy life, providing a path to heal from trauma and new beginnings.


Join writer/director Michael Fiore and special guests for a post-screening Q&A after the April 14 screening. A LIVE performance of "On the Corner at the Centre of the World" by Clamp with Jeff Heisholt will also be featured.

Panel guests include:

  • Michael Fiore, writer/director

  • Clamp, singer/songwriter "On the Corner at the Centre of the World"

  • Jeff Heisholt, additional music

  • Jason Birchard, film subject and Veselka 3rd generation owner

  • Tom Birchard, film subject and Veselka 2nd generation owner

  • Vitalii D., film subject

Promotional Partner: Eatable Films and Toronto Ukrainian Film Festival

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  • Director(s)

    • Michael Fiore
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