The film won the 2021 award in the Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award category. You can read more about this year’s winners here.
In the Eastern Ukrainian city of Krasnohorivka, the war between the separatists and the army reverberates in the street where Anna and her four children live. Amid the chaos and bombings, however, ordinary life goes on. While soldiers patrol outside, the camera focuses on cozy family life indoors, with music and film forming an integral part.
When eldest daughter Myroslava is admitted to film school, it seems inevitable that her first film will be a family production, with her taking up the role of director of photography and her mother volunteering to direct. Together, the family forms the cast of a short film inspired by their own life during wartime.
The production process, from scriptwriting to premiere, shows how each family member transforms their experience of war into film. Iryna Tsilyk, winner of the director’s award at Sundance, not only documents the life of this family but also shows how art can act as a survival strategy.
Released on Saturday 13 March at 10.00. The movie was available for streaming for 48 h.