The documentary follows single mother Anna and her four children as they document their lives under siege in Ukraine. Eldest daughter Mira dreams of becoming a cinematographer. As bombs descend on neighboring homes, the family construct, act in, and edit stylized scenes of dangerous predicaments they’ve lived to tell. Mira’s re-creations ratchet up the drama, using local soldiers, tanks, and even her own grandmother to tell terrifying tales of survival. Meanwhile, Iryna quietly captures their more quotidian moments during their shoots and in between takes… Eventually, the two projects fuse into a single vision that gorgeously encapsulates the extremes of war, both its explosive trauma and its mundane peripheral existence in everyday life.
“Apparently, not everyone in the world knows what war is,” said Tsilyk in an official statement. “In fact, our story is quite universal — so many people know what everyday survival means in this big cruel world, and all of us need some basic things to rely on: family, friends, love, art etc. I really hope that viewers will laugh and cry together with our subjects, as me and my team did.”