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By age 13, Roma already understood loneliness. An abandoned street kid, he was adopted by random soldiers in Kyiv's Independence Square during Ukraine's Maidan Uprising. But when the media and military encampments cleared out, he was again discarded, this time to an orphanage. Filmmaker Olha Zhurba had shot enough material with Roma by this point to craft an extraordinary story of a child who defended a society that didn't accept him. But instinctively, she kept shooting, keeping track of the mercurial boy who she desperately wanted to help. He tries to connect with his criminal older brother and falls deeper into despair and further from hope for five more years. At 18, with just a knife and a lighter in his pocket, can he possibly take control of his life? Security footage, heartbreaking phone calls and chance meetings populate this expertly layered study of a lost soul who belongs to no one and has nowhere to go. Myrocia Watamaniuk


  • Director(s)

    • Olha Zhurba
  • Producer(s)

    • Darya Bassel
    • Viktoria Khomenko
  • Co-Producer(s)

    • Willem Baptist
    • Nienke Korthof
    • Anne Köhncke
    • Monica Hellström
  • Writer(s)

    • Olha Zhurba
  • Editor(s)

    • Olha Zhurba
  • Cinematography

    • Volodymyr Usyk
  • Composer

    • Cédric Elisabeth
  • Sound

    • Ranko Paukovic

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International Spectrum supported by

Donner Canadian Foundation

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