An estimated five million people are homeless in Russia, one million of them children. Delving into a brutal world of cold, hunger and poverty, this poignant film takes an unflinching look at a group of youngsters living in a garbage dump on the outskirts of Moscow. Remarkably, despite the massive hardships they face, the children speak about life and love with a candor that is clear-eyed about their misfortune, but hopeful for their futures. With so little to sustain them, they hold fast to their dreams, imagining a life beyond the dismal confines of the wasteland where they live.
- Director Biography:
Hanna Polak has directed, produced, and shot several films that have won international awards. Her short documentary The Children of Leningradsky received an Oscar® nomination, an IDA award and two Emmy nominations. Railway Station Ballad, which she produced, won her the Best Producer Award at the Krakow Film; the FIPA d’or and Prix du Jury des Jeunes Europeens at FIPA in Biarritz, France; and Best of Show and the Audience Award in the Norwegian Documentary Film Festival in Volda. In 2006, Polak’s photography work won her third prize in the UNICEF International Photography Competition: Photo of the Year.
- Director: Hanna Polak
- Producer: Jan Rofekamp, Hanna Polak, Anne Dillon, Eva Laxa
- Writer: Hanna Polak, Anne Dillon
- Editor: Andrzej Juraszczyk
- Cinematographer: Hanna Polak, Mariusz Margas
- Original Music: Tony Clarke
- Executive Producer: Don Edkins
- Running Time: 8 minutes
- Language: Russian