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The Earth Is Blue as an Orange(Земля блакитна, ніби апельсин)

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Ukraine, Lithuania · 2020
1h 14m
Director Iryna Tsilyk
Starring Hanna Hladka, Stanislav Hladkyi, Anastasiia Trofymchuk, Myroslava Trofymchuk
Genre Documentary

Hanna and her four children live in Donbas, Ukraine, in the middle of a war zone. The family has a passion for filmmaking, and are creating a movie based on their wartime experiences while they are living through it. This documentary addresses their attempts to transform their traumatic experiences into a work of art.

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Screen Daily by

“War is emptiness,” Myroslava says towards the end of the film, noting how it has left homes deserted and caused friends to flee. This film is a testimony to the way this family and many others like them have done their best to fill that emptiness with love and hope.


Film Threat by Alan Ng

The Earth Is Blue As An Orange is probably one of the most unique documentaries about filmmaking.


Variety by Guy Lodge

It’s when the film’s natural and metatextual components overlap and disrupt each other that The Earth Is Blue as an Orange is most arresting.


Los Angeles Times by Noel Murray

The payoff to The Earth Is Blue as an Orange is incredibly powerful though, in ways that just about anyone can relate to, as these budding artists share their work with neighbors whose emotional reactions speak volumes about their shared nightmare.