School # 3

by Yelizaveta Smith, Georg Genoux


116 min / 2017

Ukraine, Germany


Thirteen adolescents from a rebuilt school in South Ukrainian Donbass relate their hopes and fears. In rigorously composed shots, the documentary film shows the protagonists in their everyday environment, while they tell of experiences that move them, of nascent new loves and personal loss alike. The war is often only immediately perceptible on the periphery, yet it makes its presence felt as an unavoidable frame of reference. 

Crew list

directors Yelizaveta Smith, Georg Genoux

DOP Khrystyna Lizogub

producers Daniel Schulz, Marco Zshchiek

Yelizaveta Smith, Georg Genoux, Maksym Nakonechnyi

sound director Mykhailo Zakutskyi

color Maryna Tkachenko

graphic designer Dartsia Liuba

based on the documentary play My Mykolaivka

dramaturg Natalya Vorozhbyt

Festivals and awards

World premiere: Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale Generation 14plus) 2017 – Grand Prix by international jury

National premiere: Odessa International Film Festival 2017

Date of release in cinema: 28/10/2017 (distributor company ArtHouseTraffic)

HumanDoc (Poland) 2017 – Special award

Participation in BEAST Porto (IFF) 2017