We Will Not Fade Away

dir. Alisa Kovalenko / 2023 / Poland, Ukraine / 100min.
In the film, we follow the lives of five Ukrainian teenagers growing up in small towns in the coalfield, in the Donbas.

In “We Will Not Fade Away”, we follow five Ukrainian teenagers growing up in small towns in a coal mining district. Like the teens around the world, they fight against the boredom and the multiple frustrations of finding out who you are, and how to live. But these teens are in Donbas, where the war has been going on for years. Not only the region is ravaged by economic decline, but fighting rages constantly in the background – and sometimes much closer. They battle to find their way through the hopelessness and confusion: through drawing, photography, music. Above all, through friendship. They rebel and go on an adventure, through the minefields, between the coal pits, they play in ruined houses, trying to make the most of the last golden hours of childhood. Then, as they dream of escape, an unexpected invitation arrives. How would they like to visit Nepal, and hike through the foothills of the Himalayas? Suggests them a famous Ukrainian traveler. Suddenly, there is a light in the darkness. They train hard to make this impossible-seeming dream a reality, recording their efforts in video diaries. As the situation in their homeland worsens, the threat of a full-scale Russian invasion looms. Can the hopes and dreams of these young people survive?

100 min
country / year of production:
Poland, Ukraine / 2023
Alisa Kovalenko
Serhyi Stetsenko, Alisa Kovalenko
Valeryi Kalmykow, Stephane Siohan, Katarzyna Kuczyńska, Tomasz Morawski / Trueman Production, East Roads Films, Haka Films
selected festivals and awards:
2023 – Berlinale IFF
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Millennium Bank Award – Grand Prix Best Polish Film Award
psychology travels relations war awarded Ukraine growing up

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