Kalush Orchestra - Stefania

This film is based on true events during the military aggression in Ukraine in 2022.

The song Stefania was written by the Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra. The band's frontman said: "I once dedicated this song to my mother, and when the war broke out, the song took on a lot of new meanings.

Although there is not a word about the war in the song, many people began to associate the song with mother Ukraine. Moreover, society began to call it the anthem of our war!

But if Stefania is now the anthem of our war, I would like it to become the anthem of our victory."

The horrible truth is that all of the sets in this video are not movie sets, there are no props - it’s a result of russian invasion. Destruction and death of innocent people is a reality we’ve been dealing with since February 24th.

The names of these small cities where we filmed our video are now known to the whole world - Bucha, Borodyanka, Irpyn’, Hostomel, Kyiv. Even though Kyiv and it’s suburbs have been liberated and are no longer in the immediate danger zone, it only means that the atrocities of the russian army and their inhumane conduct is now concentrated on the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine. And now we know about Mariupol - where latest death toll indicated more than 25,000 deceased.

The video does not call for aggression, but demonstrates the humanity and resilience of our protectors in these darkest times.

In our music video we want to remind: Dear World, Ukraine need your support. Thank you!

  • Max Ksjonda
    Director
  • Stanislav Smyrnov
    Producer
  • Oksana Bogutska
    Key Cast
  • Tamara Shymalo
    Key Cast
  • Vasyl Bespalenko
    Key Cast
  • Olga Sheremeta
    Key Cast
  • Darija Plakhtij
    Key Cast
  • Solomija Karpenko
    Key Cast
  • Orest Syrvatka
    Key Cast
  • Olga Safronova
    Key Cast
  • Anna Mudruk
    Key Cast
  • Anna Latanishin
    Key Cast
  • Kristina Ignat
    Key Cast
  • Kira Nizina
    Key Cast
  • Natalija Skrjabina-Smirnova
    Key Cast
  • Arina Vazhova
    Key Cast
  • Inna Gelevera
    Key Cast
  • Anastasia Sidorenko
    Key Cast
  • Anna Petrash
    Key Cast
  • Yeseniа Novikova
    Key Cast
  • Viktorija Kostenko
    Key Cast
  • Veronika Olshana
    Key Cast
  • Volodymyr Shkliarevskyi
    Director of Photography
  • Oxana Schobak
    Line Producer / Location Manager
  • Anton Kosenko
    Location Manager / PA
  • Oleg Filchakov
    Production Manager
  • Alexandra Orlova
    Producer Assistant
  • Dmitry Arkhipovich
    Editor
  • Marina Tkachenko
    Colorist
  • Vadym Lysak
    SFX (TORNADOSFX)
  • Maxim Ruban
    SFX (TORNADOSFX)
  • Ruslan Liashenko
    SFX (TORNADOSFX)
  • Ruslan Bogdan
    Camera Crew
  • Maksym Salo
    Camera Crew
  • Kyiv Aеrials
    Camera Crew
  • Mykyta Pavlenko
    Camera Crew
  • Mykyta Priymenko
    Camera Crew
  • Sergii Sardudinov
    Camera Crew
  • Ruslan Vitkovskiy
    Camera Crew
  • Dmytro Myslinchuk
    Camera Crew
  • Leonid Sydorenko
    Gafer
  • Roman Ketkov
    BTS
  • Mitya Borodin
    BTS
  • Ivan Kashyn
    BTS
  • Oleksandr But
    Production Team
  • Yaroslav Hutenko
    Production Team
  • Albina Shapoval
    Production Team
  • Arthur Podzolkin
    Production Team
  • Dima Altunin
    Production Team
  • Oleksandr Markushyn
    Special Thanks
  • Dmytro Nehresha
    Special Thanks
  • Igor Pavluk
    Special Thanks
  • Stanislav Knyazev
    Special Thanks
  • Mykola Kucheryaviy
    Special Thanks
  • Dmytriy Dihtyar
    Stylist
  • Viktoriia Shevchuk
    Make Up
  • Anastasiia Luhova
    Make Up
  • Anton Petrusevich
    Storyboard
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    31,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Ukraine
  • Country of Filming:
    Ukraine
  • Language:
    Ukrainian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Max Ksjonda

Max Ksjonda was born in Donetsk, Ukraine in 1978. He holds an MA in Quality Management. In 2009, he graduated from the Cinema Faculty of the Kyiv National University of Theater, Cinema and Television, with a BA in Fiction Film Directing. He has worked in advertising as a copywriter, art director and director, and been a freelance director since 2009.

His multiple-awarded 21-minute short film THE WAY (2012) was selected for more than 30 festivals worldwide. Among others, it screened at Slamdance, Les Arcs, Cottbus and Odessa Film Festivals as well as the renowned short film festivals in Clermont-Ferrand, San Francisco, Interfilm Berlin and Hamburg.

FILMOGRAPHY

2019 «Circus» (Fiction | 8min)

2018 «The Bobot» (Fiction | Adventure | 100min)

2012 “The way” a.k.a. “Doroga” (Fiction | Adventure, Drama | 21min.)

2011 “Departure” (Animation | 5min.)

2009 “Beyond the frames” (Fiction | Drama | 19min.)

2007 “Not a father” (Fiction | Drama | 14min.)

2006 “Half of the dance” (Fiction | Drama | 6min.)

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