We Will Not Fade Away
(Ukraine, Poland, France 2023, 100 mins.)
Having grown up among the ruins, minefields, bomb shelters and coal mines of the Donbas, Andriy, Illia, Lera, Liza and Ruslan live in a world where, ever since 2014, shelling and gunfire have been as commonplace as the ever-present yearning for a better life. With its sensitive, unobtrusively perceptive gaze, the film paints a moving portrait of a generation of young people surrounded by darkness, who are nonetheless – or perhaps all the more – able to recognise and celebrate the fragile beauty of life.
Alisa Kovalenko, born in Zaporizhzhia, is a Ukrainian award-winning filmmaker. She directed Alisa in Warland (2015), a personal diary on Maidan and the war in Donbas, and Home Games (2018), a social drama following a young female soccer player. Both screened at the Danyliw Seminar. In February 2022, shed joined a volunteer unit of the Ukrainian army, fighting four months in the trenches before returning to finish We Will Not Fade Away.
Stéphane Siohan is a Kyiv-based correspondent, since 2013, for Libération (Paris), Le Temps (Geneva) and Radio France Internationale, and has covered extensively the Russian aggression of Ukraine since February 2022. He is the co-author, with Régis Genté, of Volodymyr Zelensky: dans la tête d’un héros [Volodymyr Zelensky: In the Mind of a Hero] (Robert Laffont, 2022).