Something Better To Come – main page

Help me to distribute "Something Better To Come" all over the world! Help me to tell Yula's story to as many people as possible and raise awareness of the situation of many distressed children at the dump.

I invite you to join me on this quest. Together we can do it better and bigger, and it is a righteous thing to do. BACKGROUND: In 2004, I received an Academy Award nomination and numerous other awards for my documentary film The Children of Leningradsky, a stark 35-minute observation of destitute Russian children surviving on the streets of Moscow. My latest documentary Something Better To Come, currently in production, follows 14 years in the life of Yula who grew up with other mostly young people at a landfill near Moscow. The project received the 2012 East Doc Platform Award given to best presentation at the East European Forum 2012. Learn more about me on my website. Something Better To Come is a film about human dignity and resilience. It is a vibrant story, which instills a unique perspective in the viewer—illustrated by a quote from Maxim Gorky’s play The Lower Depths: “Everyone, my friend, lives for something better to come.” It is an extraordinary, fourteen-year personal journey about one of the bleakest urban places in the world: a large “svalka” outside of Moscow. The largest garbage dump in Europe is where our story takes place. It is a fenced-in area where no one is allowed entry—except the garbage trucks that come and go with a chillingly robotic regularity. And yet—people manage to live here, including ten-year-old Yula, our protagonist. Yula grows up in this forbidden land, and yet she laughs, falls in love, and puts on makeup to be alluring. She dares to dream of getting out one day... The svalka is vast and immense. Its newcomers look here for normalcy—for food, for shelter, for survival—unaware of the dark side of the place. Yet when one enters its territory, one is sucked in by its quicksand, becoming a slave employed by a local mafia that runs the dump’s illegal recycling centers: the only game in town. The svalka is Yula’s country, where she lives behind its fences and concrete. In this strange country a bottle of vodka is currency and corrupt police keep unwanted people—such as journalists—out, in order that the dump’s criminal activities may continue unchecked. The Russian dump feels strange and foreign—almost another planet. Life here is grim and depraved, but it also brings out the best in people as they share their last nub of bread and open the doors of the small huts they call home, even—or especially—during the cold Russian winter nights. It’s a place where Yula and her friends share the same fate—a primeval struggle for survival—and where the only thing left is the enduring human bond. The beautiful and gleaming city of Moscow beckons from afar, its lights and splendor on the other side of the fence winking cheeky opulence to the depraved denizens of the svalka. This is a world Yula can only dream of and glance at from far away, from the immense city of garbage that is her home. Through people waxing philosophical over tea—and/or vodka—in their flimsy cardboard huts set between mountains of trash, through moments of heightened emotion, including love—which we witness over a period of years—we get very close to Yula and Yula’s friends: amazing, warm, funny characters. Through Yula’s fourteen-year journey, we are witness to her struggle to fulfill her dream of having a life outside the svalka’s walls.

Yula dreams of becoming a hairdresser now, and I hope, with a little help her dream comes true.

+The Project FAQ's



Project updates

Pledged of $10,000 Goal
Days left
Crowdfunding ends on

Get involved and give protection to the Young and Homeless you too!

All of the below and a SKYPE BRAINSTORM: $500.00
All of the above and A SKYPE BRAINSTORM with director Hanna Polak. Her previous films include Children Of Leningradsky which premiered in August 2005 exclusively on Cinemax and was broadcast on HBO. Hanna specialises in idea development and will help you unpack your idea, suggest funding partners and help out with festival strategy. If you\'re not a filmmaker you can Skype with director Hanna about a topic of your choosing! Their areas of expertise include a wide variety of topics like; film production, yoga, life in general. Estimated delivery: Immediately. Will be scheduled right after ordering.
All of the below and PRIVATE SCREENING RIGHTS: $250.00
Screen the film 'Something Better To Come' in your school, university, adoption agency, think tank, focus group. The film can also be made available digitally to your students/members/delegates on a secure streaming site if you have a wider network you'd like to share the film with.
Your name will be added in the Special Thanks section on all our promotional materials and on the website. The promo material will reach millions of people worldwide. Already we have screenings scheduled in the US, UK, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany and many other places all over the world.
All of the below and A DVD OF THE FULL FEATURE LENGTH FILM: $60.00
Which is yours to keep forever and ever. Includes $10 for international shipping.
You'll be among the first people in the world to download it.
A shout out on our Facebook page and a big burst of love sent from our headquarters directly to your door.
A huge THANK YOU from us and the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with being part of a movement to improve the condition to children which has been abandoned.

Recent Posts