Ukrainian Independence (День незалежності)

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Year of starting production
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Country(ies) of (co)production
Ukraine, Poland
Ukrainian, Russian

The film’s events take place on a single day: August 24, 2022, the day Ukraine celebrates the 31st anniversary of the renewal of independent statehood.

The film combines places and people that best capture the country’s wartime spirit. The locations are: the relatively safe cities of Kyiv and Lviv; the cities under daily missile fire of Kharkiv and Mykolaiv; a trench at the frontlines near Donetsk; and the beaches of Odesa. 

The film presents a day in the life of a beach police patrol, a woman anti-tank missile operator, a water delivery driver, a mortar unit soldier, a rapid assault unit soldier, a 14-year-old pub janitor, an artist and a former member of parliament. Together, these people and places create an engaging mosaic of a day in the life of Ukraine.

Directing: Volodymyr Tykhyy
Сo-production: Kamil Rutkowski, Maciej Mika, Michał Krajewski, Andrzej Hajdaniak
DOP: Anastasia Tykha, Yaroslav Pilunskiy, Illya Yehorov, Serhii Stetsenko, Anna Tykha, Denys Vorontsov, Ihor Ivanko, Andriy Kotliar, Roman Liubyi, Yuri Pupyrin, Dmytro Zahlynskyy, Yaroslav Kendzior
Sound: Andrii Rogachov, Maria Nesterenko, Bob Shevyakov

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