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    Underrepresented participants of war

    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?

    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 man named Andriy, caught between two wars and multiple worlds. A volunteer with the Red Cross in Ukraine, Andriy would not be living in the nation of his mother’s birth if not for the Syrian conflict, which the family fled. Now Andriy’s Kurdish relatives are scattered across the globe, still in Syria but also in Iraq . . .

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    Lauren Wissot
    A US-based film critic and journalist, filmmaker and programmer.
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