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MOTHERLAND / БАТЬКІВЩИНА

2023 / 92' / Sweden, Ukraine, Norway

In 2020, Belarus’s military practice of violent bullying, torture, and murder of conscripts as a means of control became a flash point for a growingly dissatisfied populace.

 

Screenings schedule:

19.08, 10:30, Ivan Mykolaichuk Cultural Center (140 Holovna Street, Chernivtsi)

20.08, 19:30, Chernivtsi Concert Hall (10 Universitetska Street, Chernivtsi)


 

DIRECTORS - ALEXANDER MIHALKOVICH, HANNA BADZIAKA

Biography of Hanna Badziaka

Hanna Badziaka is a filmmaker with a background in journalism. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Philology from the Belarusian State University in 2010. She began her career as a video journalist for independent online media and later worked for the only independent TV channel in Belarus. As a journalist, she focused on social issues and everyday life topics. After gaining extensive experience in creating in-depth video reports, she became interested in documentary filmmaking. She then participated in creating several documentaries and worked as a director and scriptwriter for TV projects focused on short documentaries. MOTHERLAND, which she co-directs, is her feature documentary debut.


Selected filmography:

  • Motherland (2023)

Biography Alexander Mihalkovich

Alexander Mihalkovich is Belarusian-Ukrainian director and producer. He graduated with a MA in Film Directing at DocNomads international study program. His focus as a filmmaker is on long-term projects towards which he feels a close personal relationship. He produces documentaries with an experimental and creative background, beautiful cinematography, and a clear director’s vision. His debut feature film MY GRANNY FROM MARS (2018) had a successful theatrical release in Ukraine and has been selected at numerous international film festival including DOK.fest München 2019, Beldocs Belgrade 2019, Sarajevo IFF DocuTalents Award 2018, Jihlava IDFF 2018, Eastern Neighbours Film Festeival 2019 (as the opening night film), among many others.


Selected filmography

  • Motherland (2023),

  • My Granny From Mars (2018),

  • Leave Permission (2017),

  • White Sheet Of Paper (2016),

  • Two (2015)

 

Producer: Mario Adamson, Ashley J. Smith, Anita Norfolk, Alexander Mihalkovich

Screenwriter: Alexander Mihalkovich, Hanna Badziaka

DOP: Siarhiej Kanaplianik

Composer: Yngve Sætre, Thomas Angell Endresen

Production: Sisyfos Film Production, Sweden, contact@sisyfosfilm.com https://sisyfosfilm.com CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Folk Film, Norway, anita@folk.film, https://www.folk.film Voka Films, Ukraine, vokafilms@gmail.com

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