While Poland receives international encouragement for accepting Ukrainian refugees, the controversial situation on the border with Belarus recedes into the background. “Borders” accompanies individuals who helped refugees before and a Ukrainian family during their first steps in Poland after the war began.
In the spring of 2021, 19-year-old Czech circus artist Kuba travels to war-torn Eastern Ukraine and sets up a jugglery course for children. With time, he begins to question his position in a war that is not his own, and focuses on the conflicts inside his own head. “Donbas Days” is a short portrait of a young man searching for himself on the frontline of Europe´s only war.
This film was made in a bomb shelter in Kyiv. Sketches were made during the last week in February when Kyiv was attacked. Families, mainly women, children and the elderly stayed together during each attack. The repetition of attacks is displayed in this film, showing how horrific and exhausting is this experience, even for those far from the front line. Thanks to the Internet we could understand that this invasion sought to erase us all.
Sasha documents the events and her feelings during the first days and months of the war in her country – Ukraine. Trying to distract herself, she plunges into her thoughts and memories. Because of the danger, she and her grandparents have to leave the city. In the village where they were evacuated, time loses its limits. The thoughts “When will the warmth come?” are constantly echoing in the girl’s head.
Born in Scotland, grew up in Australia and has then lived in Ukraine for 22 years. He is a professional artist who exhibited in Ukraine, USA, the United Kingdom and China. During 2021, Murphenko worked at the animation studio “DFIUP” as a script editor on the “Golden Soul” series.
Born in Munich in 1994, she completed her bachelor thesis in theatre-, film- and media studies in Vienna. Since 2017, she has been studying directing at the University of Television and Film Munich and realizes fictional and documentary projects screened at international festivals. Since 2020 she has directed and produced films for the Architecture Museum of the Technical University of Munich.
Studying at Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary University, which is located in Ukraine. She is studying to be a Director of Photography, and now finished her third year. “When Will the Warmth Come?” was made only by herself.
He is a documentary director from Hamburg, Germany. After graduating in philosophy from King´s College London, he spent two years working in between Los Angeles, the Canadian Arctic, and Berlin – on augmented reality projects, and a cross-media documentary project about Inuit Youth. Currently, he pursues further studies in documentary directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His work has been shown at festivals like Sundance, Tribeca, and Sheffield Doc Fest.