~ Displaced Garden

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animated documentary 

in development

release ~ Autumnt 2021

duration ~ 25 minutes

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director and writer:  Darya Tsymbalyuk

director of animation:  
Kateryna Voznytsia ︎

artist and cinematographer:  
Nickolas Nazmi ︎

creative producer: Maria Voronchuk

music: Anna Khvyl ︎

with financial support from:
Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, IZOLYATSIA Platform for Cultural Initiatives, U.S. Embassy in Ukraine

Oral histories used in the film were collected by Donbas Odyssey art project (Victor Zasypkin, Yulia Filipieva and Darya Tsymbalyuk) in 2015-2017, Darya Tsymbalyuk in 2019 and Yulia Kishenko & Vostok-Dom in 2018. The histories were told by Dalbuz Olha, Dziuba Hanna, Lisechko Mykola, Morhun Dmytro, Shliakhtin Yevgen, Tarabanova Svitlana, Titiyova Natalia, Vinokurova Olena and others.

Synopsis
A truck driver flees his home at night and the only things he takes with him are several houseplants. He then picks up passengers on his way, none of whom know each other, and yet they all happen to share the same affection to plants. As the journey continues, people exchange watermelon pieces and stories about the homes they left because of war. Why does a violet remain in Donetsk and why do the passengers dig a pit in a forest? 

Displaced Garden is a docufiction film about human and non-human displacement that integrates documentary quotes from oral histories with internally displaced people from Donbas through the blend of animation and documentary footage.