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Made in Ukraine

In response to Russia’s invasion of democratic and independent Ukraine, we're proud to offer you a free streaming selection of the best documentaries made by Ukrainian filmmakers.

While the films are presented free of charge, we encourage you to make a donation to Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Festival, who have created a fund in support of Ukrainian filmmakers on the frontlines. 

Programmers' Statement

Hot Docs stands with Ukraine. We stand with our colleagues and our friends under siege. Our duty is to strengthen artists sacrificing safety to witness and to communicate their reality with the wider world.

With this series of films, we hope to bring awareness not simply to the Ukrainian reality, but also to fundraise for an important cause. Our colleagues at Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Festival have created a fund to supply technical equipment, facilities, filmmaking resources and medical supplies to the Ukrainian filmmakers who are actively bearing witness to this war. We hope you will consider donating the price of a ticket to their efforts. You can learn more here.
 
For the past 29 years, Hot Docs has charted the growth of Ukraine’s independence, seeing films about a former region of USSR become independent submissions from Ukrainian filmmakers, producers and distributors about their country and people. From lyrical portraits of post-Soviet rebuilding to intimate portraits of women on the front line, and to the intersectionality of modern war, these stories are vibrant, captivating, and showcase a resilient people repairing their nation. It's difficult to be an artist in a country where culture has always come second to survival for more than a century. This is why Hot Docs has proudly showcased the artistic and political expression of preeminent and rising Ukrainian artists for three decades and we must ensure these voices can tell their stories to the world in the decades to come.

We hope you’ll discover – or re-discover – these films about the country, culture and people of Ukraine made by its artists. New titles will be added each month, so check back often. We hope you’ll keep the dialogue going, by absorbing these stories, learning about the war and helping those Ukrainians documenting the truth. 

Justice and peace for all.
With gratitude,

Olena Decock, Manager, Funds & Labs at Hot Docs
Myrocia Watamaniuk, Hot Docs Senior International Programmer 
Series runs April 14 - June 16

man and child on steps

Dima, Dmitry, Dmytro, Glory to the Heroes (Short)

Archival footage poses a dilemma for filmmakers: how are contemporary values being projected onto images of the past? Clemens Poole puts a 1995 video shot by the Chepurnyi family on an outing in Luhansk, through his own American artist filter 26 years later.
  • D: Clemens Poole
  • Ukraine
  • 2021
  • 24 min
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Don't Worry, the Doors Will Open

Rolling from the capital Kyiv to smaller provincial towns and the stations between, director Oksana Karpovych delivers a richly detailed first feature. The dynamic rhythms of the daily routines she observes depict her homeland at a crossroads, but like the trains, it always keeps moving forward.
  • D: Oksana Karpovych
  • Ukraine & Canada
  • 2019
  • 78 min
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The Earth is Spinning (Short)

In spring 2020, Ukraine locks down under COVID. Like so many young adults, filmmaker Olena Kyrychenko moves back home with her parents and unexpectedly, relives her childhood.
  • D: Olena Kyrychenko
  • Ukraine
  • 2021
  • 20 min
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I Am Michelle (Short)

A 20 year-old transgender woman in Kyiv dreams of becoming a model. Social media creates a space for her to exist the way she chooses, but also to resist the loneliness that sometimes overwhelms her.
  • D: Olena Siyatovska
  • Ukraine & Netherlands
  • 2021
  • 20 min
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No Obvious Signs

In 2018, Army Major Oksana Yakubova agreed to film her PTSD rehabilitation as a warning of the battles to come. In charge of informing relatives of soldiers’ deaths, Oksana kept her steely composure. But after returning home, everything comes flooding back. 
  • D: Alina Gorlova
  • Ukraine
  • 2018
  • 63 min
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School #3

Teenagers in the Donbass war zone, turn up at school to meet filmmakers Yelizaveta Smith and Georg Genoux. In the safety of a confessional camera’s gaze, each young person opens up about their hopes and fears.

  • D: Yelizaveta Smith & Georg Genoux
  • Ukraine & Germany
  • 2017
  • 116 min
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This Rain Will Never Stop

Born to a Kurdish father and Ukrainian mother, Red Cross volunteer Andriy joins the frontlines in Donbas, essentially trading one war for another.
  • D: Alina Gorlova
  • Ukraine, Latvia, Germany & Qatar
  • 2020
  • 104 min
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