• Nienke Huitenga-Broeren, Lisa Weeda
  • Netherlands
  • 2019
  • 13 min
  • Immersive
  • World Premiere
  • DocLab Domesticating Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, DocLab Program

In the summer of 2014, the village of Rozsypne in the eastern Ukrainian countryside found itself in the midst of a raging civil war, the lives of its inhabitants unsettled by the destruction and chaos at their doorstep. But the suffering of Rozsypne only made international news after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down, killing all 298 passengers and raining debris, bodily remains and other traces of human life over the fields and homes of the village—whose name translates as “scattered.”

While international coverage of the crash mostly centered on Western European lives, this poetic roomscale VR experience offers a fragmented window into the life of Nina, an elderly woman living in Rozsypne. Moving through the distinctive Ukrainian sunflower fields, we witness the details of Nina’s austere but cozy home and experience the feeling of this faraway reality up close. A vivid and brightly colored exploration of mourning, endurance, and common human feeling.


  • 13 min
  • Spoken languages: English, Russian, Dutch
Nienke Huitenga-Broeren, Lisa Weeda
Studio ZZZAP
Key collaborator
Margriet Jans-Teunissen, Anastasiia Liubchenko, Henriette Louwerse for Sheffield University , Maria Ponomarová, Oksana Parafeniuk, Jonathan Reeder, Ed Weeda, Quincy Norbert, Jamel Ziaty
Executive producer
Nienke Huitenga-Broeren
Hans van Arken, Berry Young, NMTRIX Animation Studios

IDFA history

World Premiere
DocLab Domesticating Reality
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
DocLab Program

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