Alisa in Warland

Alisa Kovalenko / Liubov Durakova

Poland 2015, 74 min.


Spoken language: English, French, Russian, Ukrainian

Subtitles: English

Alisa is a student at the film academy in Kiev. When the
Ukrainian revolution starts, she decides to go on a trip through the country in
an attempt to understand the war. A candid, personal self-portrait by a young
woman travelling through a country where her safety is permanently at risk.


Alisa is a
26-year-old student at the film academy in Kiev. Her life is pretty normal
until President Viktor Yanukovych refuses to sign the EU-Ukraine Association
Agreement. Suddenly, everything changes: protests erupt in the capital, with
the inhabitants demanding the president’s resignation. Alisa witnesses the
demonstrations and embarks on a trip through Ukraine in an attempt to
understand the war.

Her journey
takes her to the east of the country, where she comes across demonstrations
again, this time of a pro-Russian character. Along the way, she faces
shootings, explosions and the searing consequences of the war for the people of
her country. Alisa is personally caught up in the war when she is arrested by
separatists for spying. The risks she takes also jeopardize her romantic
relationship with a French journalist.

This candid
self-portrait shows us a sensitive, concerned woman in search of answers. The
direct, often handheld camerawork gives us an impression of Ukraine in the wake
of the protests and of the tensions that arose among the various population


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