Young child in a pink jacket in car turning from window at camera.

A Bit of a Stranger

(Трішки чужа)

Much changed after Russia invaded Ukraine. The events force four generations of Ukrainian women to reassess not only their relationship to their native land but mainly towards each other.

Ukrainian director Svitlana filmed her family for several years, using their example to present the history of her country and to show how each female member was shaped by a different time. The filmmaker, her mother Valya, daughter Sasha, and granddaughter Stefi all grew up in Mariupol, but each in a different world: the Soviet Union, independent Ukraine, and now a war-torn country. After Russia invades, the women scatter to various locations and in the ensuing chaos they ponder many things beyond their relationship to Russia. They must just as thoroughly reassess their personal relationships and confront past injustices. This intimate family portrait shows that the strength of interpersonal relationships comes fully into play in life’s toughest moments.

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René Kočík, Moderator
Lenka Víchová, Expert on Ukrainian politics

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TitleA Bit of a Stranger
Original TitleТрішки чужа
Original LanguageRussian, Ukrainian
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraCzech premiere
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2024
Country of OriginSweden, Ukraine, Germany
Length90 min.
Tags Women's rights, Ukraine
Director Svetlana Lischynska

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A Bit of a Stranger