CONFLICT: Fleeing one war and entering into another, the grief and uncertainty of one Syrian family beg the question: what drives a person to serve a country that doesn’t always appreciate the sacrifice?
Lauren Wissot
Lauren Wissot
A US-based film critic and journalist, filmmaker and programmer.
Published date: November 20, 2020

One of the unintended upsides of the far too many global conflicts of recent years has been the fueling of on-the-ground local filmmakers passionate to tell their country’s stories from their own insider’s POV. And one of the talents (specifically a 2019 Berlinale Talents) taking the lead in her native Ukraine is Alina Gorlova. Gorlova’s prior film No Obvious Signs, about a battle-scarred female vet of the ongoing war against Russian separatists on the border, blew my mind at Docudays UA 2018 (and won Gorlova and her protagonist top honors at the human rights fest). And now Gorlova has continued to prove she’ll likely be a cinematic force for years to come with This Rain Will Never Stop, world premiering at the hybrid IDFA 2020.

This Rain Will Never Stop-Alina Gorlova
This Rain Will Never Stop, a film by Alina Gorlova

Two wars and multiple worlds

This Rain Will Never Stop similarly looks at war through the lens of its underrepresented participants – in this case, a young …


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