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ECFA Award Winner

We Will Not Fade Away

Original title: My ne zgasnemo
German title: We Will Not Fade Away
Ukraine, France, Poland, 2023

Director: Kovalenko, Alisa
Production company: Trueman Production
Co-producers: Haka Films, East Roads Films
Age recommendation: 14 years and up
Length: 100 min.
Film genre: Documentary

Synopsis:
Having grown up among the ruins, minefields, bomb shelters and coal mines of the Donbas, Andriy, Illia, Lera, Liza and Ruslan live in a world where, ever since 2014, shelling and gunfire have been as commonplace as the ever-present yearning for a better life. An expedition to the Himalayas gives the five Ukrainian teenagers the chance to fulfil this dream for a brief moment, before Russia’s full-scale invasion in February of 2022 ends up destroying the last remnants of hope. With its sensitive, unobtrusively perceptive gaze, the film paints a moving portrait of a generation of young people surrounded by darkness, who are nonetheless – or perhaps all the more – able to recognise and celebrate the fragile beauty of life.

Festivals:
Berlinale Generation 2023, Luxembourg IFF 2023, Thessaloniki Doc IFF 2023, Go East IFF Wiesbaden 2023 (awarded), Zlin CFF 2023 (ECFA Award), Giffoni CFF 2023, Chania CFF 2023, Just Film CFF Tallinn 2023

World sales address/es:
Trueman (UA)