Ksenia Okhapkina is a documentary film director based in St. Petersburg, Russia where she graduated from St. Petersburg´s State University of Film and TV in 2012. During her studies, she took part in different projects as the scriptwriter, director or director of photography. Her first documentary “Come Back Free” is a poetic exploration about life in a war-torn Chechen village with a local cemetery as its symbolic focal point. It won the IDFA Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary in 2016. With her previous work, Ksenia has shown her ability to capture “the poetic in the profane”. She avows the meaningfulness of a single frame and has a strong commitment to composition. Her last film, Immortal, premiered at the Karlovy Vary IFF 2019 and it's essay portrait looks at the strict order that governs life in a small industrial city in Russia. Currently she is working on her newest project, entitled The Manifesto of Tenderness, which she is planning to present during the East Doc Platform 2022 in Prague.