Produced by Maloca films, DIM FilmhouseDirected by Gabriel VerasRelease date 2024

Documentary Ukraine, USALength 95 minCompleted

A gripping, emotional documentary about the Russian Invasion of Ukraine seen from a unique perspective; Ukrainian Olympic Athletes.

These athletes are talented and dedicated, many of them prodigies in their sport. But their daily lives and training is senselesslydisrupted due to the ongoing conflict. Some lose their homes, their training centers. Others train with no electricity, scarce food, andunder threat of missile strikes. Many of them put on a uniform and join Ukrainian forces on the front lines. Some never come back.When news breaks that the IOC will allow Russian athletes to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics while a raging war cripplesUkraine, it's an ironic twist, and a huge blow to the Ukrainian team. They struggle with the idea of competing against Russian athleteswho support the war, especially after witnessing the injustices, crimes, and devastation caused by the war. The athletes aredetermined to show the world that they are more than just athletes, they are also soldiers defending their nation from Russian aggression.
As the Olympics draw near, they realize that their biggest opponent may not be the Russian athletes, but the emotional and physical scars of war that continue to haunt them.
Athletes of War is a powerful story about the resilience of the human spirit, the importance of teamwork, national identity, and theunifying power of world sports. It is a film that will inspire and touch audiences, showing that even in the darkest of times, there isalways hope for a brighter future.


Director of PhotographyEduard TymoshenkoSound Supervisor/Re-Recording MixerWill Fortune ColoristBrian SinglerComposerEnea DiotaiutiExecutive producersIvan DuqueBernardo ÁlvarezElliott LesterProducersMykola PonychEric Holland