‘Something Better To Come’

Her name is Yula. She lives in Putin’s Russia. Her home is the largest garbage dump in Europe. This is the story of her life.

Ten-year-old Yula has but one dream – to lead a normal life. For 14 years, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hanna Polak follows Yula as she grows up in the forbidden territory of Svalka, the garbage dump located 13 miles from the Kremlin in Putin’s Russia. Something Better To Come is Yula’s story – a dramatic tale of coming of age and maturing to the point of taking destiny into one’s own hands. It is a story of hope, courage, and life, all shot in gripping vérité style that stuns with its directness and immediacy

THE TEAM:

Director Hanna Polak –  Oscar-nominated filmmaker, PGA director, graduated from the Cinematography Institute of the Russian Federation. She worked on various movies as producer, director, cinematographer, editor and still photographer. In 2003, she was awarded Best Producer of Documentary and Short Fiction Movies in Poland for Railway Station Ballad. In 2004, she completed work on The Children of Leningradsky in collaboration with HBO. The movie received an Oscar nomination (2005), an IDA Award, two Emmy nominations, and the Gracie Allen Award among others. Hanna has been advocating for homeless children all over the world. She founded the Active Child Aid foundation and collaborates with UNICEF.

Producer Sigrid Dyekjaer – Sigrid Dyekjær has worked as a producer on both feature films and documentary films since 2000. She was the producer of The Monastery, winner of the Joris Ivens Award at IDFA in 2006, and nominated for a European Film Award and several other awards. Sigrid Dyekjær is one of the most experienced producers in Denmark when it comes to national documentary films, but also international documentary films as regards financing, producing, and creative consulting. In her spare time she teaches at the National Film School of Denmark. She also holds master classes and lectures at film schools around the world and teaches courses in pitch sessions and documentary filmmaking, such as “Bridging the Gap.” She is educated in dramaturgy from the University in Århus, and has a partnership with Danish Documentary Production.

Executive Producer Jan Rofekamp – President & CEO Films Transit International. Founded in 1982, Films Transit International is one of the longest running, renowned, and respected international sales agencies of quality documentaries, with offices in Montreal and New York City. Jan Rofekamp’s Executive Producer credits include (among others) END OF THE CENTURY: The Story of The Ramones; IMAGINARY WITNESS—Hollywood and the Holocaust, ICEBOUND—The Story of the 1925 Alaska Serum Run and more recently, the IDFA Special Jury Award winner SOMETHING BETTER TO COME and the upcoming SUGAR COATED—The Case against Sugar by Michele Hozer. Rofekamp sits on the board of IDFA and EDN. Over the years he has consulted many important documentary events and festivals, such as IDFA, Hotdocs, Nordisk Panorama, Visions du Reel/ Nyon, East Silver and Sunny Side of the Doc to name a few . . . and hundreds of producers and filmmakers at these events.

Editor Marcin Kot Bastkowskihttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm0060549/

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