True Story, episode 33: Darya Bassel

6. 3. 2022

Author: Veronika Zýková

In October 2021, Ivona Remundová talked to the Ukrainian producer Darya Bassel about her new film Outside (directed by Olya Zhurba), which will have a World Premiere at CPH:DOX 2022. At the East Doc Platform 2020 the project (under the working title Roma) got four awards, including the main East Doc Platform Award. It is a story of a street boy Roma, known as the Child of Maidan in 2014, who 5 years later got back on the streets with nothing in his pocket but a lighter and a knife. Darya also discusses the Ukrainian documentary scene, financing and Docudays UA, where she works as a Programmer and a Head of DOCU/PRO Industry Platform.

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During the 2014 revolution in Ukraine, 13-year-old street boy Roma runs around the front lines of Kyiv throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. He quickly becomes a familiar face and a mascot for the revolution. But behind the camouflage uniform, sunglasses and fearlessness hides a lonely boy from an orphanage who, five years later, turns 18 and is suddenly back on the streets with nothing in his pocket but a lighter and a knife. Roma ends up with his loyal and criminal older brother, who is just as scarred by their shared upbringing. Through phone conversations between Roma and director Olha Zhurba, security camera videos and seven years of footage of Roma’s troublemaking, drug use and drifting through life, a story of a rootless young man and a family scattered to the winds takes shape. The question is, as Roma faces adulthood, can he finally regain control of his life? (CPH:DOX)

Outside / Назовні
Director Olha Zhurba
Ukraine, Denmark, Netherlands / 2022 / 79 min / World Premiere
Producers: Darya Bassel, Nienke Korthof, Anne Köhncke

Olha Zhurba's Roma wins big at East Doc Platform
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