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The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
Directed by Iryna Tsilyk • 2020 • Ukraine, Lithuania
Starring Hanna Hladka, Stanislav Hladkyi, Anastasiia Trofymchuk
Krasnohorivka: a town on the front lines of the war-torn region of Eastern Ukraine. When poet and filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk first visits the Trofymchuk-Gladky family home, she is surprised by what she finds: while the outside world is riven by bombings and chaos, single mother Anna and her four children are managing to keep their home a safe haven, full of life and light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, so they begin to shoot a film inspired by their own lives during wartime. The creative process raises questions about what kind of impact cinema might have during times of disaster, and how to picture war through the camera’s lens. For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human. THE EARTH IS AS BLUE AS AN ORANGE stands not only as a remarkable document of the Russo-Ukrainian War through the lens—literally—of this family’s creative process, but as an optimistic testament to the power of art and beauty in the face of destruction.