Director Sergey Loznitsa gives us a series of 13 loosely connected snapshots set in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.
In eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war blends open armed conflict, crimes and looting perpetrated by separatist gangs. In Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is erected in truth and hate claims to be love. A journey through the Donbass is a series of crazy adventures in which the grotesque and the tragic mingle like life and death.
This is not a tale about a region, a country or a political system but about a world lost in the after-truth and false identities. In this film’s own absurdist way, it sheds some light on just what the war did to the lives – and sensibilities – of civilians caught up in the nightmare. (Subtitles)