The Russians are coming

Alisa in Warland

Alisa Kovalenko, Lubov Durakova
Screening time  
24.02. / Wednesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
A candid, personal self-portrait by a young director travelling through Ukraine after the outbreak of the revolution.

Alisa is a 26-year-old student at the film academy in Kiev. Her life is pretty normal until the day that President Viktor Yanukovych refuses to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Suddenly, everything changes: protests erupt in the capital, with the inhabitants demanding the president’s resignation. Alisa witnesses the demonstrations and embarks on a trip through Ukraine in an attempt to understand the war. Her journey takes her to the east of the country, where she comes across demonstrations again, this time of a pro-Russian character. Along the way, she faces shootings, explosions and the searing consequences of the war for the people of her country. Very much against her will, Alisa is then personally caught up in the war when separatists arrest her for spying. The risks she is taking also jeopardize her romantic relationship with a French journalist.


Alisa Kovalenko

Alisa Kovalenko was born in 1987 in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. She graduated from journalism studies at the Shevchenko Kiev State University. Now she studies Documentary Directing at I. Karpenko – Karego National University of Theatre, Film and Television in Kiev. She directed several student films.


Lubov Durakova

Lubov Durakova was born in 1986 in Kharkov. Graduated from the Moscow State University at the Department of Mines and Petroleum. Now she studies Documentary Directing at I Karpenko – Karego State University of Theatre, Film and Television in Kiev. She directed several student films.

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Alisa w Krainie Wojny

2015, 74' 8''

Directed by:
Alisa Kovalenko, Lubov Durakova

Screenplay by:
Alisa Kovalenko, Liubov Durakova

Alisa Kovalenko, Liubov Durakova

Edited by:
Weronika Pliszka

Miroslaw Dembinski

Produced by:
Doc'n'World Foundation

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2015; Artdocfest Moscow 2015