A story of a pregnant girl from province is the second film from
Oscar nominated filmmaker, Hanna Polak, who explores the
harsh realities of Russia’s underclass, its homeless, and its poor.
Her 2005 Oscar nominated film, The Children of Leningradsky,
voyaged into Moscow’s subway stations to explore the lives of
the country’s most innocent victims its homeless children.

For the heroes of the new film hope is the only means of survival
in a country dominated by alcoholism and torn by a socio-economic
crisis and poverty. Homeless, they choose to live in a place where
degradation is the only way of life. But somehow the ugliness is
lost and the hardships are softened when the film characters are
given a closer look. The beauty and complexity of human
character are vividly present in each of the heroes. The film
follows their stories and examines their choices in life through
their intimate portraits.

Hanna spent over 5 years with her heroes where she collected
over 100 hours of beautifully shot footage. In this harsh story,
emerges Jula. We see a drop of hope in this 16-year-old teen when
she becomes pregnant and expresses her wish to keep the baby
to finally call someone her own. But without anyone to turn to,
and no alternative choices, Jula must leave her child behind.
“You are home now,” says the hospital nurse,
“You will stay here until we find someone to take you.”

Through this veil of desperation and misery, we bear witness to
a radiating spirit of a young girl and the people around her, who
by circumstances beyond their control, are faced with the cruelest
conditions the world has to offer. Yet the camera is able to capture
the arising friendships and love. The film shows how even in such
inhuman conditions people remain human, they love, dream, and
have hope. And that hope is their only drive to go on.

Beautifully composed music, nostalgic of a struggling Russia,
performed by Dima, another hero of the movie, is interwoven
into the film.

Hanna is currently seeking funding and support to complete the
filming in Russia and Post Production thereafter.








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Another Hanna Polak project



Nominated for an Academy
Award® for Best Documentary,
Short Subject,

this 35-minute documentary, takes
an unblinking look at the reality of
homeless children living in Russia
today - in particular the ones who
call the underground Leningradsky
train station in Moscow home.
Utilizing verité footage of over
a dozen children who speak candidly
about their lives, routines and lost
dreams, the film captures the
sobering reality of post-Soviet
Russia, as kids are left behind,
get booted out of their homes, turn
into prostitutes, are abused, and
run away. Though it has been making



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