In the Rearview

Skąd dokąd

26th TIDF: Greek Premiere

An authentic, intimate observation of war as it unfolds, following multiple generations of Ukrainian civilians as they abruptly abandon their homes and rely on the help of director Maciek Hamela’s volunteer aid van to escape the life-threatening conflict. As he steers through minefields to leave Ukraine and tries to get through numerous military checkpoints, Hamela offers us a seat in his car, guiding the documentary from behind the wheel and behind the camera, crisscrossing the roads of Ukraine to transport uprooted refugees safely to Poland. The van traverses tens of thousands of kilometers and serves as a waiting room, hospital, shelter, and zone for confidences and confessions among compatriots thrown together by chance. In the Rearview is a collective portrait composed of an array of experiences of Ukrainians who share a single goal: finding a safe haven in the throes of conflict. With temporary asylum granted to all passengers, their differences in gender, age, skin tone, physical condition, origin, identity, worldviews, and faith become irrelevant. While the war itself remains in the backdrop, its reflection and impact are evident and raw.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIDF26.

Direction: Maciek Hamela
Cinematography: Yura Dunay, Wawrzyniec Skoczylas, Marcin Sierakowski, Piotr Grawender
Editing: Piotr Ogiński
Sound: Marcin Lenarczyk
Music: Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz
Production: Affinity Cine, Pemplum
Producers: Piotr Grawender, Maciek Hamela
Co-production: SaNoSi Productions, 435 FILMS
Co-producers: Jean-Marie Gigon, Anna Palenchuk
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Poland, France, Ukraine
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 84'
Contact: Cinephil
Awards/Distinctions: Grand Jury Award – Sheffield IDF 2023, Golden Eye for Best Documentary Film – Zurich FF 2023, Best Polish Film – Millenium Docs Against Gravity 2023, Best Documentary – Chicago IFF 2023

Maciek Hamela


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2023 In the Rearview