~ Sirs and Misters




documentary | 35’ | Ukraine | 2013 

director and camera:
Oleksandr Techynsky

2nd camera: Aleksey Solodunov

Marina Maykovskaya

Oleg Golovoshkin

Yulia Serdyukova

Andriy Matrosov Award for the Best Ukrainian Debut at IHRDFF Docudays UA, 2013
Special Jury Mention at Odessa IFF, 2013

DOK Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany)
Docudays UA IDHRFF (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Odesa IFF (Odesa, Ukraine)
ArtDocFest (Moscow, Russia)
True/False IFF (Columbia, Missouri, USA)
The Spirit of Fire IFF (Khantymansiysk, Russia )
Lubuskie Lato Filmowe (Lagow, Poland)
Neisse Film Festival (Zitau, Germany)

A museum guide, a military man, a bank clerk, an aircraft mechanic and other desperate Ukrainian men from all over the country get together once a year in autumn to work as porters during pilgrimage of Hasidim to the town of Uman'. Within four days, dozens of thousands of Hasidim are flocking to this tiny town – in celebratory mood, singing, dancings and... bringing enormous amounts of baggage with them. During these four days local porters sleep not more then three hours a night in handmade tents along the side of the road, while the rest of the time they spend carrying tons of loads to earn what equals their two usual monthly salaries. On their way, they have to reach mutual understanding with their almost "alien" clients and with each other. However, it seems that no burdens can suppress their optimism and humour. Finally, they are sure – "Mister God knows what he's doing".