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The Dawn of Donbas

DirectorNataliia Pogudina
ProducerElla Shtyka – New Kyiv production
WriterNataliia Pogudina
CastValentyna Podkuiko, Iryna Kholodna, Polina Guk, Olena Shevchuk, Galyna Komarova
EditorDmytro Tiazhlov
CameraNataliia Pogudina
SoundValdislav Sirenko
Screening4 November 2017 | 16:00 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
5 November 2017 | 15:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Original TitleZORI DONBASU
Length19 min

An ironic glimpse on the strength of death in a temporarily occupied territory of Eastern Ukraine. Dutch Premiere


An emotional story set in a small town, Chervonopartizansk, a temporarily occupied territory of Eastern Ukraine. Through strong and versatile women characters, many vital questions are brought up: their fear and uncertainty, memory and love in life and for the profession of coal mining. We travel through their destinies, feelings and sometimes peculiar charm of their everyday activities. “The Dawn of Donbas” is the directing debut of Nataliia Pogudina, a young Ukrainian filmmaker who works as a cinematographer in Riga, Latvia and Kyiv, Ukraine. She is already developing a feature length documentary revealing her family story at the background of the Eastern Ukraine military conflict.

Director’s bio

Nataliia Pogudina is a young filmmaker who works in Riga, Latvia and Kyiv, Ukraine. Nataliia graduated cinematography department at Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and TV in 2016 and attended various documentary workshops. The Dawn of Donbas is her directing debut. She carries on working as a cinematographer and develops feature length documentary revealing her family story at the background of the Eastern Ukraine military conflict. Filmography: 4 Years Down the Road (2018); The Dawn of Donbas, 19’ (2017); In the City Kha, 12’ (2016).