The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

(Земля блакитна, ніби апельсин)

For one mother and her children, making a film together is a way of coming to terms with the trauma of war in Donbass, Ukraine.

“War is when some people shoot. And other people shoot the people who shot first,” explains the youngest son who had just been born when war broke out in Donbass in Eastern Ukraine in 2014. His mother, who has four children in all, didn’t leave their home even though it was in the middle of a warzone. Ukrainian director Iryna Tsilyk records the family’s activities while the oldest daughter, Miroslava, together with her mother and siblings, are making a film about their wartime experiences. A love of cinema and the ability to become immersed in artistic creativity free them from the oppressive past and, for Miroslava, herald her dream of becoming a cinematographer.

Impact

This is the seventh year of the war in Eastern Ukraine. Some of the locals don’t want to abandon their homes and remain even though their living conditions are very complicated. People in Need helps the needy with deliveries of supplies, the repair of damaged buildings, and support provided to start-up businesses. You can support these activities with your financial contribution to the SOS Ukraine collection. To find out more about the activities carried out by People in Need in Ukraine, come to the event entitled “Everything you always wanted to know about the war in Ukraine”, to be held on 10 March at the Audience Centre.

Czech premiere

About the film

Director: Iryna Tsilyk
Ukraine, Lithuania
2020 | 74 min.

Language: Russian, Ukrainian

Subtitles: English

Director

Iryna Tsilyk

Festival guest on days
Mar 10 - Mar 12, 2020

Filmography
2019 - The Earth Is Blue As an Orange
2017 - Invisible Battalion
2016 - Home
2012 - Commemoration
2008 - Blue Hour

Iryna Tsilyk

Screenings

07. 03. 15:30 Kino 35
Tickets
10. 03. 18:00 Svetozor - Large Hall
DiscussionIryna Tsilyk, director
Tickets
11. 03. 16:00 Svetozor - Small Hall
DiscussionIryna Tsilyk, director
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