A deeply touching documentary about the
lives of the people who are forced to live in a
junkyard in Moscow. The Svalka is the biggest
wasteland in Europe and lies just thirteen
miles from the Kremlin. Inside the guarded
junkyard there’s a world unto itself, run by
mafia and inhabited by those who have no
prospects. Polak filmed Yula for fourteen
years, chronicling her life in the Svalka from
adolescence to adulthood. As the years
moved on, Yula’s hope for a better life kept
diminishing until she figured a way out. The
director has won nine awards at international
film and documentary festivals.
Followed by Q&A with Hanna Polak
Part of Chronic Youth Film Festival. Full details: barbican.org.uk
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