Directed by Sergei Loznitsa • 2018 • Ukraine
Starring Tamara Yatsenko, Irina Zayarmiuk, Grigory Masliuk
In the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine during the mid-2010s, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies perpetrated by Russian-separatist gangs. In the Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth, and hatred is declared to be love. Life is suffused with fear and suspicion. What is real and what is fake news? This scathing, powerfully prescient satire from director Sergei Loznitsa is both a crucial interpretation of the Russo-Ukrainian war and a dark portrait of a world lost in post-truth distortions and fake identities.