72 min

In development

Pearl of Absurd

Perlyna Absurdu

Directing: Oleksandra Chuprina


My name is Oleksandra and I have never been to the Soviet Union, though its footprints surround me. I live in Odesa — the city of myths, historical challenges, outstanding architecture, and my roots. I know very little about my ancestors because some of them were executed during the Great Terror in 1938 and my family went into forced silence. Fortunately, their dwellings — old buildings — remained. They are now the only connection to previous generations and, at the same time, vivid proof of the European times of the city. But what could be an open-air museum of architecture is the battlefield now. There is a fight between a group of citizens, who stand to preserve unique buildings and oligarchs rebuilding them to skyscrapers. The city is changing irrevocably, and I am afraid to lose it. What we inherited from the past is abandoned now and turns into sand literally. I find myself in the middle of these events.

Pearl of Absurd is a debut documentary and interactive cross-media platform. While the documentary is my personal journey through the city that reveals the story of my family, the cross-media platform is designed as a hub for various interactions and activities with the main goal to save the city.


East Doc Interactive 2019 programme revealed
8. 2. 2019

East Doc Interactive 2019 programme revealed

East Doc Platform 2019 will offer not only traditional documentary projects, but also those telling stories in a very innovative way. Take a look at the selected projects, experts & tutors and the open programme of East Doc Interactive.
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