UA, FR

In production

Home Games

Domashni Igri

Home Games is a documentary charting a crucial season in the life of Alina Shilova, a 20-year-old “Million Dollar Baby” from Kiev, whose passion for football has a chance of saving her from poverty.
Alina is now a professional player, but her situation remains uncertain: as she prepares to join a Polish side, her mother suddenly dies, leaving behind Alina’s beloved siblings, Renat and Regina, 6 and 7 years old.
The young girl, barely out of adolescence, becomes a substitute mother. The rising star of Ukrainian sport’s career plans are suddenly on the verge of collapse. The only professional club in Kiev doesn’t pay a penny. Alina stops training.
Life, in short, is a mess. Alina’s mother left a ton of debts. Roma, the father of the younger kids, drowns his sorrows in alcohol and gambles his wages at the casino. Alina’s grandmother is slowly losing her sight. The whole dysfunctional family is living in a crampt one-room apartment.
As the last link in a generational chain of misfortune, Alina wants to give her brother and sister a better life than the one she had, and she’s preparing them for school. But she doesn’t want to give up her dreams.
Soon, Alina returns to the football pitch. But will she find the strength to cope with everything, save her family and find her personal redemption? Home Games, or how to win the match of your life when the odds are stacked against you.
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