• Nienke Huitenga-Broeren, Lisa Weeda
    • Netherlands
    • 2019
    • 13 min
    • Immersive
    • World Premiere
    • DocLab Domesticating Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, DocLab Program
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    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 , Mariia Ponomarova, Oksana Parafeniuk, Jonathan Reeder, Ed Weeda, Quincy Norbert, Jamel Ziaty
    Executive producer
    Nienke Huitenga-Broeren
    Hans van Arken, Berry Young, NMTRIX Animation Studios
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    IDFA history

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

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