Ukrainian Sheriffs Ukraiņu šerifi

Documentary, 85’/52′, Latvia/ Ukraine/ Germany, 2015

Like a bird, the Ukrainian flag flies along perched on the car of two affable “sheriffs” deputized by the mayor of a village in southern Ukraine. Their duty is to mend the quarrels and problems of the community. There’s a sly bum whose gift is not to work. There’s a man on the loose with an axe. And there’s the mayor who believes in the ability of his town folks to change for the better. A war is going on in eastern Ukraine, and draft-dodgers now abound. The town folks are dipping in icy water and laughing but are they divided in their loyalty? These sheriffs are smack in the middle, taking you along for the ride.

Premiere November 2015, IDFA.
IDFA Special Jury Prize in the Competition for Feature-Length documentaries.

Director and cinematographer: ROMAN BONDARCHUK
Idea and screenplay: DAR’YA AVERCHENKO, ROMAN BONDARCHUK
Editors: KATERYNA GORNOSTAI, ROMAN BONDARCHUK, BORYS PETER
Sound: BORYS PETER
Colorist & On-line Editor: KRIŠS ROZIŅŠ
Producers: ULDIS CEKULIS (VFS Films), DAR’YA AVERCHENKO (SOUTH)
Co-producers: TANJA GEORGIEVA, IRENA TASKOVSKI (Taskovski films)

www.ukrainiansheriffs.com

Ukrainas karodziņam plīvojot vējā, pa Starazburivkas ciemu Dienvidukrainā dzeltenā žigulī traucas divi braši šerifi, steidzoties uz kārtējo izsaukumu. Jo Starazburivkā dzīve rit kā jau jebkurā ciemā: zagļi zog, dzērāji dzer, bezpajumtnieki klaiņo, tikai milicija šeit ierodas reti. Austrumukrainā notiek karš, ciemā sāk plosīties šķeltnieki, vīrieši spēka gados bēg no iesaukšanas pavēstēm, bet ciema galva nezaudē ticību savu līdzpilsoņu spējai mainīties “uz augšu”. Un arī šerifi nepadodas.

Pirmizrāde 2015. gadā IDFA.
IDFA žūrijas speciālbalvu labākajai pilnmetrāžas dokumentālajai filmai.