Overcoming the Darkness
The film documents the first few months of the war in Ukraine following the Russian invasion on 24 February 2022. Ukrainian filmmakers across the country have mobilised themselves to document the truth on the ground and to confront an incomprehensible and chaotic reality. Some people leave everything behind to flee the war, and others stay because they cannot or do not want to leave their homeland. Volunteers convert their car repair shop or their sewing workshop into factories of making tools for the military such as batteries, body armour or khaki material. This kaleidoscope of stories from Irpiny, Kharkiv, Kiev, Chernihiv, Zaporizhzhya and other cities, not only shines a lights on the horrors of a senseless war, but is a testimony to the extraordinary perseverance and determination of the population.