Girl Away From Home
World premiere: IDFA 2023 / Competition for Youth Documentary
The 13-year-old Nastia is part of an elite gymnastics team in Kiev with four other girls. The girls are a tight knit group and they are best friends. Together they train hard for the upcoming Ukrainian championship. They win the championship but just one month later, war breaks out in Ukraine. Nastia has to flee with her grandmother to Germany, leaving her parents and teammates in Ukraine. In the German suburban industrial town of Gelsenkirchen Nastia has to try to create a new life. Nastia struggles to find her way since she has no idea if she will ever be able to return to Kiev, her parents and friends. But when she joins a German gymnastics team, things slowly start to brighten up.
A FILM BY Alisa Kovalenko & Simon Lereng Wilmont | Denmark, Norway | 2023 | 22'