What to do if your own country is attacked? Costa Compagnie interviewed four women in eastern Ukraine who volunteered for armed struggle in 2022. These include the human rights lawyer Zhenya, who is now a drone pilot in a reconnaissance unit, and the documentary director Helena, now a medic in a combat unit.
A filmic essay brings the conversations with these women from the front onto the stage and places them alongside the direct narrative of a young Ukrainian actress whose path, in confrontation with home, family and coming out, led in the opposite direction to exile in Berlin.
Two years after the Russian attack on Ukraine, KHARKIV CALLING looks at the different life paths of strong, emancipated women in the face of war and at their convictions against the encroaching autocratic system, which recently caused the LGTBQIA+ movement to be classified as extremist in December 2023.
What values and systems are defended in Ukraine beyond one's own life and country? Would you give your life to fight for democracy and freedom?
How does it feel to perform a theater monologue about these questions 2,000 km away in Berlin, while friends and acquaintances at home are involved in acts of war?
In KHARKIV CALLING, the twenty-year-old actress Anna Mrachkovska confronts a radical present, German history in Ukraine and questions about the future. The solo combines a gripping personal narrative, exclusive video material and dance to create an excerpt from current events that allows the dilemma and disaster of war to be experienced beyond the headlines through concrete lives.
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