We Will Not Fade Away (Ми не згаснемо)

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Release Date
Country(ies) of (co)production
French, Poland, Ukraine, USA
Ukrainian, Russian

Donbas, 2019. The prospect of a new Russian invasion hangs in the air, while the sound of the gunfire resulting from the old one can still be heard in the distance.

In this seemingly bleak wartime setting, five teenagers start to think seriously about their future. Their energy, enthusiasm, and hope allow them to fully live out their last golden hours of childhood despite the circumstances. The members of this imaginative band of dreamers paint, take photographs, fantasise about acting careers, or becoming the next Elon Musk. They rebel, ride the waves of adventure, walk into minefields and sunbathe by a local lake. They dream of escaping not only from the war, but also – like teenagers all over the world – from the boredom of a small town. Then, an opportunity to embark on a long journey all the way to Nepal unexpectedly arises. Will their dream of conquering the world come true?

Directing: Alisa Kovalenko
Сo-production: Katarzyna Kuczyńska, Tomasz Morawski (HAKA Films) and Stephane Siohan (East Roads Films)
DOP: Alisa Kovalenko, Serhiy Stetsenko
Sound: Mariia Nesterenko
Point of contact:
Stéphane Siohan, +380 50 832 18 51, [email protected]
Main Prize DOCU/WORLD Docudays UA (2023), Best Director Award at One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (2023), Best Documentary Award at Crossing Europe Filmfestival (2023), Best Documentary Award at Luxembourg City Film Festival (nominee, 2023), Crystal Bear and Berlinale Documentary Award at Berlin International Film Festival (nominee, 2023) Іndustry awards: Thessaloniki Pitching Forum (2020), Odesa International Film Festival (2020), Docudays UA Ukrainian Doc Preview (2021)

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