Wives, mothers and sisters of ATO servicemen participated in photosession for them.
Director Ivan Kravchyshyn designed the idea of ‘Letters to the front’ project after he had visited hot spots of the front. ‘Ukrainska Pravda’ reports this with reference to the director.
Ivan Kravchyshyn initially wanted to film material for a documentary about hostilities.
But when he found himself on the frontline – in Stanytsya Luhanska, Shchastya, Pisky, Shyrokine and Maryinka – he understood that his task is ‘to build a bridge’ between war and peace.
‘I didn’t chase the sensations and I didn’t film fierce battles – there are people for this who cope with this well. I filmed ‘eyes of war’ – on crossings, in trenches, during breaks between artillery shellings,’ – the director says.
‘Different things can bee seen in ‘these eyes’, but it shocked me that ‘these eyes’ require our attention. Sometimes I even felt ashamed to spy on them through the camera lens when they greedily gazed photographs of their families stored in their telephones. I understood that I need to film us, not them’.
Thus Kravchyshyn decided he would film and photograph Ukrainian women, mothers, sisters, daughters – whose husbands, brothers, sons currently fight.
Despite its name ‘Letters to the front’ – nobody writes letters in this project, because looks and emotion are much more eloquent than words.
The conception is very simple – women look into the screen, without words, only eyes.
Via Facebook the director found stylist Domna Dyka who helped him to realize the project.
The heroes for the project were found via Facebook as well. The first character was mother of an artillerist. The project was filmed in Lviv in Museum of Life and Folk Architecture ‘Shevchenko’s Grove’ in Lviv.
What else to read: Wonderful Ukrainian costumes by ‘Treti pivni’.
Photosession is only a part of the project. The director also creates novellas. First of them has been published few months ago and here it is.
On this video characters of the project ‘Letters to the front’ sing accompanied by sounds of hostilities in the east and images of Ukrainian servicemen there.
According to the director he intended to show that these women accompany war. Although they are at home, they feel the war and hear it in their heads.
On the other hand, Ivan Kravchyshyn intended to show these man on the front how beautiful their women are and what they fight for.
He also wanted to underline that it’s impossible to distance yourself from what happens in the East of the country. War is not only in our TV and cannot be turned off.
Ivan Kravchyshyn also spoke of his plans to go back to the front, find women who fight there and tell their story.
Currently another part of the project is on the stage of preparation. This time the characters are children, preference is given to those whose parents currently serve their duty in Donbas.
Source: life.pravda.com.ua, ‘Treti Pivni’ workshop Facebook page