Controversial Dox

Crocodile Gennadiy

Steve Hoover
Screening time  
23.02. / Tuesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 4  
The film shows the controversial pastor's fight against homelessness among children.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine's social and political institutions faced massive change, including an increasingly corrupt government and crippled infrastructure. A number of the nation's youth wound up homeless and addicted to a lethal cocktail of injected cold medicine and alcohol. In the early 2000s a pastor from Mariupol named Gennadiy Mokhnenko took up the fight against child homelessness by forcibly abducting street kids and bringing them to his Pilgrim Republic rehabilitation center – the largest organization of its kind in the former Soviet Union. Gennadiy's ongoing efforts and unabashedly tough love approach to his city's problems has made him a folk hero for some, and a lawless vigilante to others. Despite criticism, Gennadiy is determined to continue his work.


Steve Hoover

Steve Hoover made his feature film directorial debut with Blood Brother, which won Audience and Grand Jury Awards at Sundance in 2013. It was screened at 2014 ZagrebDox (International Competition). He co-directed an award-winning documentary short film, Seven Days in 2013. Crocodile Gennadiy is Hoover’s second feature.

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Crocodile Gennadiy

2015, 97'

Directed by:
Steve Hoover

Screenplay by:
Steve Hoover

John Pope

Edited by:
Steve Hoover

Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, Bobby Krlic

Danny Yourd

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Hawaii International Film Festival 2015 – Halekulani Golden Orchid Award Documentary Feature; Little Rock Film Festival 2015 – Golden Rock Documentary Award Best Documentary; Sidewalk Film Festival 2015 – Jury Award, Special Mention – Documentary Feature; Tribeca Film Festival 2015; New Hampshire Film Festival 2015; Kansas Film Festival 2015; Indy Film Fest 2015