Homeward (2019): Directed by Nariman Aliev–Ukraine Cinema of Protest

Ukraine Cinema: Films Exploring the Human Toll of Russia’s Aggression

Some of Ukraine’s filmmakers have been exploring the trauma that followed Russia’s invasions of Crimea and the Donbas region.


Ambitious Ukrainian filmmakers have made various features that explored the human toll of Russia’s military aggression.

Such cinema offers a kaleidoscopic view into the lives and concerns of contemporary Ukrainians coping with the deadly hardships of Russia’s 2014 takeover of Crimea and warfare in the Donbas region.

The films offer an opportunity for greater empathy and understanding of the conflict, seen through the vision of Ukrainian artists.