To cope with the daily trauma of living in a war-zone, Anna and her children are making a film together about their life in the most surreal surroundings.
Single mother Anna and her four children live in the frontline war zone of Donbas, Ukraine. As eldest daughter Mira dreams of becoming a cinematographer, the whole family gets involved in creating a film of their lives under siege. Scripts are written, scenes acted out, structure fretted over, and soldiers on the street roped in as extras.
The activity is creative and cathartic, for a family trying to survive through a conflict that is never far from their door. As the layers of reality and filmmaking begin to converge, we see that for Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.
This Sundance award-winning debut feature from Ukrainian director Iryna Tsilyk is a miracle of filmmaking, beautifully shot and utterly original.
This one off screening of The Earth is Blue as an Orange is part of ‘HORIZON: Documentaries from Ukraine, Latvia and Russia‘ – a new season on streaming platform Klassiki.