Goodbye, Sveta

It is a movie about Russian young woman Sveta who one day felt herself a man and changed her name to Soldadu, starting a transition. After that Soldadu was brutally beaten by the far-right extremists and FSB (Russian Security Service) followed him. He escaped to Ukraine and applied for refugee status, but got the rejection because of biased migration officers. In Ukraine Soldadu met the love of his life and started to struggle for refugee status in a court. The trial lasted for almost three years, and all the time ghosts of the past didn’t leave him in peace. He faced panic attacks and suicide thoughts. His life turned to a nightmare struggle against the soviet style state machine.

  • Nastia Kanareva
    Director
  • Nastia Kanareva
    Producer
  • Bogdan Kinashchuk
    DOP
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Прощавай, Свєта
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    Ukraine
  • Country of Filming:
    Ukraine
  • Language:
    Russian, Ukrainian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival
    Kyiv
    Ukraine
    August 26, 2020
    World Premiere
    Special Jury Mention
  • MICT Film Festival
    Odesa
    Ukraine
    November 7, 2020
    Best Documentary
  • MIX Copenhagen Film Festival
    Copenhagen
    Denmark
    November 18, 2020
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Nastia Kanareva
    Distributor
    Country: Ukraine
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Nastia Kanareva

Nastia Kanareva started her career as a TV reporter covering the war in Ukrainian Donbas, being a contributor to the international and local media. In her documentaries Nastia is focused on the contradiction between progressive part of the post-totalitarian societies and the cold soviet-style state machines. Young people are in focus. Making her stories, Nastia uses the mix of documentary and artistic approaches to interpret the reality.

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