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Ukraine – London

“If you’ve got a goal, you can actually achieve it here … All the same, I think my motherland is there. However good it might be here, I still know that.”

This film was made as a product of a collaboration between Retrograd and myself, in which we wanted to explore the lives of people who have found a new home in London. At the film’s basis is a recorded conversation I had with Natasha, who moved here from Ukraine. Her process of describing a new life here ran in exact parallel to the description of an old life ‘at home,’ filtering London and the United Kingdom through a different set of cultural associations, as well as very personal circumstances. This absorbing and touching interpretation of life in my hometown acted as a basis for the visual element of the film.”


“Ukraine – London”: A short film by Eliot Gelberg. 

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