Watch the recording of the Masterclass with Iryna Tsilyk, the director of The Earth is Blue as an Orange during Document Human Rights Film Festival 2021.
Writer/Director Iryna Tsilyk graduated from Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinematography and Television named by Karpenko-Kary in TV directing in 2005. Her previous short fiction and documentary films were presented and awarded at various international film festivals. In addition, Tsilyk has been working as a writer. Some of her works have been translated into various languages and presented at different international literary festivals.
For her debut feature, The Earth is Blue as an Orange, Iryna won the Directing Award in the “World Cinema Documentary” at Sundance Film Festival and screneed at other festivals such as Berlinale, MoMA Doc Fortnight, Docs Against Gravity, CPH:DOX among many others.
Single mother Anna and her four children live in the front-line war zone of Donbas, Ukraine. While the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, the family is managing to keep their home as a safe haven, full of life and full of light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, motivating them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war.
The creative process raises the question of what kind of power the magical world of cinema could have during times of disaster. How to picture war through fiction? For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.