State of Emergency
Fortress Mariupol. Orest
Fortress Mariupol is a cycle of short films based on video calls to the soldiers who were surrounded by the Russian army in Mariupol at the Azovstal plant. From the beginning of the siege of Azovstal the director had conversations with soldiers of the Azov Regiment, revealing their portraits.
This film is dedicated to Dmytro Kozatsky with the call sign “Orest”. Orest is a former liaison officer and head of the Azov Regiment’s press service in Mariupol. Orest has been covering the world situation in Mariupol and at Azovstal since the beginning of the Russian invasion. There he was captured by the Russians. When the film had already been released, after four months in captivity, Dmytro was returned home during a prisoner exchange.
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Ivan Prykhodko is a self-taught artist, one of the last folk artists in Ukraine. An invitation to the capital becomes a challenge for the master, who is used to the rural quiet.
Tales of a Toy Horse
A carved wood horse becomes the protagonist of fairy tales created by Anatoliy Latiuk, a former dissident who has become a monk. In Donbas, a region engulfed by war, he is looking for stories about kindness.
Mountains and Heaven in Between
It's 2020, the world is threatened by a pandemic. At the same time, the mountain village of Kolochava in Zakarpattia goes on with daily their life facing constant difficulties.
The Hamlet Syndrome
Five young people take part in a production connecting Shakespeare's Hamlet with their experiences of war a few months prior to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Cry My River
Rivers have sacred significance for humans. Every river is someone’s reflection and memory. And the state of each is a result of our actions or inaction, not just of climate change, as we often think to justify our actions.
All Light, Everywhere
The film interrogates the complexity of an objective point of view as it explores the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing, and justice.
Peace and Tran-quility
When Russian troops were entering Ukraine, the famous playwright Andriy Bondarenko wrote a single-act play about life interrupted by the war.
Ever since the Maidan revolution in 2014, Valentyn has been fighting corrupt politics in his hometown of Romny in northeastern Ukraine. When he needs a break, he attempts to cross the Black Sea by kayak for the third time.
The Balcony Movie
Director Paweł Łoziński is watching people from his balcony as they are passing by. He addresses them, asking questions about how they deal with life. Can anyone be a film hero? Can the world be locked in one film frame?
The Last Generation
Janka wakes up every day thinking about the end of the world. This burden pushes her to take radical action. Activism turns out to be a form of action that gives her strength and hope.
Plai. A Mountain Path
This is the story of people who rebel against the injustices of life, and bravely take all the blows of fate. They are both dissident and obedient, like the mountains that surround them.