Olena Fedyuk, Director
Olena Fedyuk was born and grew up in Ukraine but in the last 15 years has been moving around Europe pursuing her professional interest – research in gendered migration flows, migrant labour, and moral economy of migration. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Central European University in Budapest. Since 2012, she’s turned to film as a media for both research and outreach, and a way to grasp humour and contradictions of migration stories. Both of her previous films are not about migration per se but about people who have embarked on complicated life journeys, both emotionally and geographically.
Road of a migrant (2015)
Olha’s Italian Diary (2021)
Polina Georgescu, Director of Photography
Polina grew up in a Ukrainian-Romanian family in Moldova, emigrated in 2005 first to the US, then London, Budapest and Berlin - her current base. She is a specialist of Eastern Europe by training (UCL, UK) who after a first career in international development turned her passion for documentaries into a full-time endeavour in 2015.
In her work as director and cinematographer Polina is drawn to intimate stories from the fringes of society, questions and ideas of social justice in Europe, and the arts as our collective mirror.
Aside from documentary, Polina films (and sometimes edits) various art and music projects, as well as short fiction, still photography and many things that fall in between formats and genres. In 2022 she co-founded Studio Onaleap - a Berlin-based film and visual media production house focused on stories, big and small, from far and near, that explore and amplify universal humanism and justice.
You Have to Be Here to Believe (2022), Dir. Polina Georgescu [One World Festival 2023, official selection]
Suite (2021), Dir. Fabio Thieme [Winner german generations film award 2021]
Zsuzsanna Bak, Story Editor
Zsuzsanna Bak is a Hungarian writer and director. After publishing three books - one of which was adopted for stage - her first feature as a scriptwriter came in 2018. Curtiz won Grand Prix in Montreal and is currently distributed by Netflix. Competing in prominent festivals, most of her films focus on sensitive topics like identity issues and existence in a politically controlled era. Her directorial debut Order and Soul (winning Grand Prix in Trento) was in competition in Astra Film Festival 2020.
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