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When Spring Came To Bucha
This personal account of the war in Ukraine was filmed in the first weeks after liberation of Bucha district. When Spring Came To Bucha follows several protagonists closely as they deal with the aftermath of a violent occupation on practical and psychological level. Stories about destroyed lives but also about humanity and hope, as the war in Ukraine continues to rage.
Screening day / time
  • Oct 21 (Sat): Block 2 - 11:10am
  • Oct 26-29: Virtual Encore

When Spring Came To Bucha

Running Time
Feature Film
64 minutes
Documentary, Feature

When Spring Came To Bucha

Russians bombarded Bucha, Borodyanka, Irpin and other cities in the region following their invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. By the time they retreated a month later, the damage was massive: destroyed houses, executed civilians, and ruined lives. Filmmakers Mila Teshaieva and Marcus Lenz went in immediately, in time to film local people emerging from their shelters, but never showing the actual atrocities. That wasn’t necessary, as the trauma of war is clear to see on everyone’s faces, including those of the volunteers who rushed in from far and wide to help.

Over the course of many weeks, the filmmakers follow various residents as they pick themselves up from the smoldering ruins. The dead are identified, debris is cleared, and prosecutors start talking about a war tribunal. At first, all is panic, despair and sadness— accompanied by sheer bafflement that they have been attacked by a country with so many ties to families and friends. But as the first blossoms of spring start appearing, these Ukrainians also reveal their resilience. Human spirit overcomes war and death.

Film details
Year(s) screened
  • 2023
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Festival screenings
Screening Day / Time
  • Oct 21 (Sat): Block 2 - 11:10am
  • Oct 26-29: Virtual Encore
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