LITTLE PEOPLE

A brutal Russian invasion turned the lives of Ukrainians upside down. With the first explosions, civilians in cities and villages became active participants in the resistance. 

Risking their own lives, volunteers feed, treat, and evacuate civilians who remain in the war zone and the occupied territories. An old lady sits by the window in the occupied town, counting Russian military equipment to pass information about the enemy’s movements to the Ukrainian military. 

A private entrepreneur who used to transport frozen products before the war now removes the bright commercial signs from his car and transports the bodies of fallen Ukrainian soldiers.  

And there are many others: small people doing great deeds. This film is about those whose actions may not have huge public influence or resonance, but inspire us nevertheless. 

The film follows several storylines. The main one is about the team of volunteers involved in the evacuation. Under fire, on broken roads, they take civilians out of dangerous places in armored gold bullion trucks. Before the war, these people did not know each other, but now they have become best friends.

The group leader, Anton is smart and intelligent. Before the invasion, he was a very successful cinematographer. He began to work as a volunteer in the early days of the war, transporting refugees to the European border in his car. Then he was in Irpin, Bucha, Gostomel, Borodyanka, Trostyanets, Chernihiv, and finally, he found himself in the Donbas region. We film the evacuation mission from Lysychansk, where there has been no electricity or communication for two and a half months. The city is under constant fire and people are hiding from explosions in damp basements. Shocked and confused residents still do not want to leave their homes. It seems to them that it will be even worse elsewhere, and some of them are waiting for the occupiers to arrive.

Different people who want to help join the group from time to time, but this job is so difficult, dangerous, and exhausting that most of them do not stay long. 

During these trips, our guys learn the price of responsibility and solve many important ethical issues. They must deal with hundreds of real tragedies, crippled lives, shattered hopes, and complex characters. Each of them has his motivation for the work he does, but they are united by one common idea of ​​the struggle for life.

The events of the rest of the film’s plot lines take place in different regions of Ukraine. The above-mentioned old lady by the window is from the Chernihiv region, and the Entrepreneur transporting KIAs is originally from the Vinnytsia region. In addition, several other protagonists will differ from each other but are connected by a sincere desire to win and a love of life. 

Despite the huge drama in focus, it will be a very optimistic film full of faith in life and people.

Genre: Documentary, Drama

Planned running time: 90 minutes

Language(s): Russian, Ukrainian 

Director: Ivan Sautkin

Current phase: late development, production

Planned release date: December 2022

Production companies: Babylon’13 (Ukraine), Roast Beef Production (UK)

Producers of the project: 

Elena Saulich saulich@gmail.com

Mike Lerner mike@roastbeeftv.com

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