The main protagonists of the film are a group of young people from Kharkiv, a city located in the Eastern part of Ukraine. The time they reached their early twenties coincided with the breakout of the war, in the neighbouring region of Donbass. An LGBT activist, a poet, a fashion model, a group of street artists, a computer game designer – all of these artists work in the creative industries, which would normally indicate a relatively peaceful millennial city lifestyle, but the proximity to the war affects each of the characters and their activities. The film’s ‘heroes’ react and reflect political events through their specific relationships with urban space, and the experience of how social media creates their reality.
Mykola Ridnyi is an artist and filmmaker. He was born 1985 in Kharkiv, currently lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since 2005, he has been a founding member of the SOSka group an art collective based in Kharkiv. The same year he cofounded the SOSka gallery-lab, an artist-run-space in an abandoned house in a center of Kharkiv.