Alisa in Warland

Alisa w krainie wojny

  • Alisa Kovalenko, Liubov Durakova
  • Poland
  • 2015
  • 74 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for First Appearance
Alisa is a 26-year-old student at the film academy in Kiev. Her life is pretty normal until the day that 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. Very much against her will, Alisa is then personally caught up in the war when she is arrested by separatists for spying. The risks she is taking 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 groups.


  • 74 min
  • color / black and white
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: French, Ukranian, Russian, English
  • Subtitles in: Dutch, English
Alisa Kovalenko, Liubov Durakova
Miroslaw Dembinski for Doc'n'World Foundation
TVP 2, Polish Television Belsat
Liubov Durakova, Alisa Kovalenko
Weronika Blawut

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World Premiere
IDFA Competition for First Appearance

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