Q&A with director of 'Home Games' Alisa Kovlenko. 30 November, 6.30pm GMT

DATE & TIME: Monday 30 November, 6.30pm GMT
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Q&A with Alisa Kovalenko, director of Home Games as part of online Ukrainian Film Festival 2020, hosted by the Ukrainian Institute London and Cambridge Ukrainian Studies.

The documentary Home Games is available to watch for free on our festival web platform from 17 November - 1 December. Over this period you can watch the film at any time. (NB: films are available to watch in the UK only).

The Q&A with Alina will be moderated by Wanda Koscia, documentary film (tv) producer and director, specialising in history and current affairs, ranging from politics to intimate, human stories.


About Home Games...

Genre: Documentary

Alina has almost made it from rags to riches – from growing up on the streets to 20-year-old football star. But a series of personal tragedies force her to cut short her dreams and take on the role of carer to her two younger siblings. A hard look at the reality of battling poverty, women’s strengths and the prospect of new beginnings.


Alisa Kovalenko

Alisa Kovalenko is an award-winning director, from Zaporizhia, Ukraine. Following her debut documentary Sister Zo, Alisa was caught (like many other Ukrainian directors) in the turmoil of the Ukrainian revolution in 2014 and the subsequent war in Eastern Ukraine. Those events brought her from the barricades of Maidan to the toughest battle of the war – the battle of Donetsk airport in Donbas. In 2015, she released a second full-length documentary of her filmmaker's journey, Alisa in Warland, which premiered the same year at the ‘First Appearance’ competition at the IDFA in Amsterdam. Following this success, Alisa worked for more than two years on Home Games, filmed in Ukraine, France and Poland.



2018 HOME GAMES Ukraine France Poland


2014 SISTER ZO Ukraine