My ne zgasnemo

We Will Not Fade Away

Having grown up among the ruins, minefields, bomb shelters and coal mines of the Donbas, Andriy, Illia, Lera, Liza and Ruslan live in a world where, ever since 2014, shelling and gunfire have been as commonplace as the ever-present yearning for a better life. An expedition to the Himalayas gives the five Ukrainian teenagers the chance to fulfil this dream for a brief moment, before Russia’s full-scale invasion in February of 2022 ends up destroying the last remnants of hope. With its sensitive, unobtrusively perceptive gaze, the film paints a moving portrait of a generation of young people surrounded by darkness, who are nonetheless – or perhaps all the more – able to recognise and celebrate the fragile beauty of life. (Berlinale)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
My ne zgasnemo (We Will Not Fade Away, 2023, doc) - Domashni Igri (Home Games, 2018, doc; CE'19) - Alisa w krainie wojny (Alisa in Warland, 2015, doc) - Sestra Zo (Sister Zo, 2014, doc)
2023: CROSSING EUROPE Social Awareness Award – Best Documentary
Competition Documentary 2023
Alisa Kovalenko
Ukraine / France / Poland / USA 2023
99 minutes
Russian / Ukrainian
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Alisa Kovalenko
Cinematography Alisa Kovalenko, Serhiy Stetsenko
Editing Maryna Maykovska, Kasia Boniecka
Sound/Sounddesign Mariia Nesterenko
Music Wojciech Frycz
Producer(s) Valery Kalmykov, Oleksiy Kobelev, Stéphane Siohan, Tomasz Morawski, Katarzyna Kuczyńska
Trueman Production, East Roads Films, HAKA Films
World Sales
Strangers Film Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Berlinale 2023