The Borderline. Hrubieszów Operation.

Two warriors of the guerrilla movements, the one from the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and the other from the Polish Home Army (AK), narrate on the atrocities of German and Soviet occupation in 1939-1946 and argue about the mutual harms of the past. They both stood up against the Nazis, they both confronted the communists, and they both fought against each other. It was at the end of World War II that they did realize the Polish-Ukrainian feud was only to the advantage of the powerful leaders, first Hitler, and then Stalin. The story of two partisans embodies two nation relations that evolved from hatred into unity against the common enemy, the ruthless communist empire. The collaboration between the UPA and the AK is profound and symbolic; it emerged literally on the ashes that covered the Ukrainian-Polish border, the land where the WWII marched back and forth, the land where German and Soviet secret services exterminated thousands of innocent people, and the land where, after all, the line between the Ukrainian and Polish nations was virtually blurred. Right there the UPA - AK joint forces undertook their most significant operation attacking the communist-controlled Polish city of Hrubieszów.

  • Olesia Morhunets-Isaienko
    The Tale of Money
  • Taras Lazer
  • Artem Denysov
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Рубіж. Грубешівська операція.
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 15, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Poland, Ukraine
  • Language:
    German, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital and archive videos
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - Olesia Morhunets-Isaienko