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Directed by Hanna Polak

Poland, Denmark 2014 98 mins.

Polish filmmaker Hanna Polak was working for an NGO helping homeless children in Moscow when she befriended a ten-year-old girl living with her family on the Svalka, the largest garbage dump/ landfill in Europe, just a few miles from the Kremlin. Surrounded by a tall fence and guards, the area is closely monitored to keep intruders out. Within exists a lawless society—seemingly hopeless, but somehow sparked by communal solidarity and optimism for the future. Polak’s captivating, sometimes heartwarming film was the winner of the Special Jury Award at the International Documentary Film Association Festival in Amsterdam. “Eye-opening. Sequences of spectacularly dystopian-apocalyptic, third-world bleakness are leavened by moments of incongruous beauty, even grace.”—The Hollywood Reporter. In Russian with English subtitles.

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