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by Yelizaveta Smith, Georg Genoux


Thirteen adolescents from a rebuilt school in South Ukrainian Donbass relate their hopes and fears. In rigorously composed shots, the documentary film shows the protagonists in their everyday environment, while they tell of experiences that move them, of nascent new loves and personal loss alike. The war is often only immediately perceptible on the periphery, yet it makes its presence felt as an unavoidable frame of reference. The puristic way in which it is shot renders the overall impression made by Yelizaveta Smith and Georg Genoux’s film all the more haunting.

international title: School Number 3
original title: Shkola nomer 3
country: Ukraine, Germany
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Yelizaveta Smith, Georg Genoux
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