We Will Not Fade Away

My ne zhasnemo

25th TiDF: Greek Premiere

Five Ukrainian teenagers grow up in small towns in a coal mining district. Like the teens the world over, they do the 400 blows, they fight against the boredom and the multiple frustrations of finding out who you are, and how to live. But these teens are in Donbas, where the war has been going on for years. Not only the region is ravaged by economic decline, but fighting rages constantly in the background – and sometimes much closer. They battle to find their way through the hopelessness and confusion: through drawing, photography, and music. Above all, through friendship. Then, as they dream of escape, an unexpected invitation arrives. How would they like to visit Nepal, and hike through the foothills of the Himalayas? Suddenly, there is a light in the darkness. They train hard to make this impossible-seeming dream a reality, recording their efforts in video diaries. As the situation in their homeland worsens, the threat of a full-scale Russian invasion looms. Can the hopes and dreams of these young people survive? A Ukrainian teenage adventure documentary and a tender choral portrait of Donbas’ no future generation in the midst of the war with Russia. Only those who dream live high!

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TiDF25

Direction: Alisa Kovalenko
Script: Alisa Kovalenko
Cinematography: Serhiy Stetsenko, Alisa Kovalenko
Editing: Marina Maykovska, Kasia Boniecka
Sound: Mariia Nesterenko
Production: Trueman Production
Producers: Valery Kalmykov, Yana Kalmykova, Oleksiy Kobelev
Co-production: HAKA Films, East Roads Films, ARTE G.E.I.E – La Lucarne, Telewizja Polska, Current Time TV
Co-producers: Katarzyna Kuczyńska, Tomasz Morawski, Stéphane Siohan
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Ukraine, France, Poland, USA
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 100'
Contact: East Roads Films

Creative Producers: Stéphane Siohan, Alisa Kovalenko
Thessaloniki Pitching Forum 2020

Age 15+

Alisa Kovalenko


2014 Sister Zo
2015 Alisa in Warland
2018 Home Games
2023 We Will Not Fade Away
2023 Girl Away From Home (short, co-direction)