Supported project


May 7, 2024

  • Director: Yelizaveta Smith
  • Scriptwriter: Yelizaveta Smith
  • Countries: Ukraine / Germany
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country of shooting: Ukraine, Germany
  • Language: Ukrainian, Russian, German
  • Duration: 90 min


Iva can’t hear the world because of her disability. She and her son Mykyta face the war in Ukraine and are forced to flee to Germany as refugees.
In Berlin, Iva gets a Cochlear implantation and the chance to hear again. In a world full of noises, challenges and war, Iva seeks for the way to hear
and to be heart.


Ukrainian producer
Tabor Ltd

Eugene Rachkovsky 

Producer from a contributing country
Pink Shadow Films (Germany)

Antonia Kilian


European Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian Films – Date of the decision : May 7th 2024


    Valentyn Vasyanovych

    Yelizaveta Smith graduated from the KNUTC as a film director. In 2014, she co-founded the film productionb company Tabor.
    After the Ukrainian revolution, she started volunteer work with children in the city of Mykolaivka in the Donetsk area, which the war partly destroyed. Her experience there led to the documentary SCHOOL NUMBER 3, codirected by George Genoux. The film premiered at Berlinale 2017, winning the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury, and received a Special Award at HumanDOC Festival in Warsaw. Her debut short fiction SOLITUDE was selected to Odesa IFF and Raindance in 2019 and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Ukrainian Film Academy Awards 2020.

    Yelizaveta created theatre plays as ‘Songs of the garden’’ and directed plays in the documentary theatre form in the Theatre of Displaced People (Kyiv), Constance theatre (Germany), was the main director of social theatre project ‘’Class act East-West’’.
    In 2020, she was the author of the idea and co-author of the documentary multimedia project Time Suburbs. In 2021, she created lecture courses based on “Cinema of Gilles Deleuze in Kyiv for film directors.

    Currently, Yelizaveta is working on documentary projects ”Listening to the World” and collective documentary ”The days I would like to forget”.
    Yelizaveta was a participant at Berlinale Talents. She is a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy and European Film Academy.

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