Japan Prize 2023
The Japan Prize Festival Week

November 23 (Thu) Day 4

1:30pm – 3:15pm

Award-winners Screenings & Discussions

- Outside (58 min 8 sec, Ukraine/Denmark/Netherlands)

Screening Schedule

  • Outside
    • L090 Outside
    • Ukraine/Denmark/Netherlands

    A 13-year-old boy, Roma, became a mascot of the Maidan Revolution in Ukraine in 2014 when he was seen running around the streets of Kyiv throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. Roma is now 18 and back on the streets, standing on the threshold of adulthood with only a lighter and knife to call his own. Can he turn his life around before it is too late?
    This work was made by the Ukriainian documentary director, Olha Zhurba. She met Roma, who grew up in an orphanage, while investigating the situations of children from broken families.
    Roma had only just left the orphanage and was drifting from one crisis to another. Seeing how Roma had no adult to depend on, Zhurba was forced to question her own integrity. Should she carry on filming, or should she give him support?
    The discussion will touch on such important issues for documentary makers as how to maintain objectivity, and also the media’s responsibilities with regard to safety and well-being of its subjects.

    Olha Zhurba

    Olha Zhurba