This mixed-media documentary follows the Ukrainian children Kira, Taisa, and Artem as they paint their memories of Russian “summer
The animated scenes immerse into shifting identity experiences contouring the propaganda in the modern world.
Kira (10), Taisa (14), and Artem (15) with the assistance of Ukrainian contemporary artists, paint memory maps about the time
they spent in the Russian “re-education camps” and “correcting
What seems at first like cheerful summer activities shift
to evoking memories of propaganda events, mental torment, punishments, isolation, stays in psychiatric clinics, and military training.
The live-action footage and revealed memories, portrayed through
hand-drawn animations follow protagonists stories, as they occur.
Childrens’ homes are occupied and “Russia is Here Forever” billboards appear on their streets.
The Russian military visited Taisa’s grandma and threatened her
with guns to convince her to send Taisa to a Russian camp. While Artem’s father spends 30 days in captivity, Artem is kidnapped by Russian soldiers while retreating.
Kira, Taisa, and other 200 children arrive at the summer camp,
where, among fun activities, they also have to repeatedly sing the
Kira and her friend Nikita are put in a mental hospital for not obeying. The children begin to believe in misinformation and the rightfulness of the “new order”.
Artem has to choose between military training in a Russian military
uniform and sitting in the basement. A group of children decides to escape. After 6 months of deportation Artem, Taisa, and Kira are finally home with their parents, but their stories aren’t over. The children continue trying to refind safe spaces where they can be