calling ukraine

jean counet

2015 Netherlands DOC / EXP 12 '

Through a Skype call the daily life, dreams and fears of a family in Eastern-Ukraine is revealed while the bombs are falling in the background. A grandmother in Latvia phones with her sister and child who live in the war zone of Eastern-Ukraine, months without often having water and electricity. We see the traces of the war on the face of the grandmother who, like the viewer is powerless.


I'm working on a series of Skype films filming people from Ukraine phoning to their relatives and loved one in the war zone in Eastern-Ukraine. As most of the media focusses on geo-political issues I want to give a voice to the inhabitants and their daily life stories which are almost never heard.