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Single mother Anna and her four children live in the front-line war zone of Donbas, Ukraine. While the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, the family is managing to keep their home as a safe haven, full of life and full of light.


Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, motivating them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war. The creative process raises the question of what kind of power the magical world of cinema could have during times of disaster. How to picture war through fiction? For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.


"Iryna Tsilyk offers an intimate and surprisingly playful family’s eye view of life in the Ukraine warzone"

- Amber Wilkinson, Screendaily


Winner of the Best World Documentary Cinema Award, Sundance


In Ukrainian with English subtitles

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    74 minutes
  • Language
    Ukrainian
  • Country
    Ukraine
  • Director
    Iryna Tsilyk
  • Screenwriter
    Iryna Tsilyk
  • Producer
    Anna Kapustina, Giedre Zickyte
  • Cinematographer
    Viacheslav Tsvietkov