Outside / Назовні

After his mother was deprived of parental rights, 13-years-old Roma escapes to the Ukrainian revolution, becoming a part of the Maidan uprising. His childhood experience of survival in a devastating environment and street skills turns into his advantages as he engages in the most dangerous events of the revolution. The people around him admire his courage. Here, for the first time in his life, Romani boy Roma is accepted by society and feels that he is necessary. 

In the aftermath of the revolution, Roma ends up at a boarding school; however, instead of the necessary psychological and social rehabilitation, the system only provides some conditional assistance.

When he turns 18, Roma is expelled from the boarding school without a chance of graduating, accommodation or money. He returns to his native, criminogenic town of Yahotyn and gradually immerses into the criminal world. His older brother Kolya, who was just released from prison and has an influence on Roma, is among the few people who care about him. Kolya shares his experience of survival outside of jail. The independent life is a challenge for Roma, and the camera witnesses his insignificant efforts to cope with normal existence: he finishes his studies in 9th grade, tries to find a job, and to abstain from drugs. Still, all his efforts are futile. However, hope is always looming somewhere in the future.

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Details

Country of Production
Ukraine, The Netherlands, Denmark

Year of Production
2022

Format
HD, DCP

Length
79 min

Director
Olha Zhurba

Production
Moon Man in co-production with Tangerine Tree and Final Cut for Real

Original Language
Ukrainian, Russian, Romani

Subtitles
English, Dutch, Danish

Festivals / Awards

CPH:DOX 2022
Hot Docs 2022
Millenium Docs Against Gravity 2022