The Best Ukrainian TV Series and Movies
Written by Kája
There are more ways to support Ukraine than by just donation. In these horrid times, let's consider the country's beauty, explore its culture and the cinematography. By watching these movies and TV series we will be able to taste the culture of Ukraine. Through these we can imagine the country. We can see a different point of view of the cities, not like nowadays in the news where we see them getting bombed. In these cinematographic scenes we see the real Ukraine, the beautiful country which over forty million people call home.
Free to Play
This film gives you a great insight into the world of e-sports and its rise in popularity. This “teenage” hobby has now become a well-known, legitimate sport
Free to Play is a very gripping documentary about professional gamers who have the opportunity to compete in a world tournament that could change their lives forever. They have to put aside their private lives and family problems to compete to win one million dollars. Their peers consider gaming a waste of time but the winner becomes a millionaire and a celebrity. In this TV movie you will understand the pressure they undergo during this worldwide competition, the contrast between e-sport lives and personal ones. Free to Play puts you through a huge amount of emotions. You will feel for and with the competitors, experiencing anticipation, thrills, and reflection. The aftermath showing the losing teams can get very sad and emotional but that's what makes the movie worth watching
Photo: Free to Play, IMDB.com
Servant of the People
This comedy show featuring the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy is about a humble history teacher who goes viral on Youtube after his students post a video of him in a miserable situation. People love his indignity and they start supporting him and gathering money for a presidential campaign, which he later succeeds in and wins. However, he has no intention of changing his life. He wants to live the life he has lived before. This TV series guides us through his new life and the funny moments that happen during his journey of becoming a president who is trying things in a ridiculously corrupt system, despite the odds. Russia and the current conflict is mentioned but does not encroach into the series. We get to see the beautiful cities and nature of Ukraine through which we can get to know the country better. If you want to taste a little bit of Ukrainian cinematography, this show is ideal for you!
Photo: Servant of the People, IMDB.com
The Babushkas of Chernobyl
I have one last tip for you. If you are interested in the Chernobyl disaster, you have probably already seen the Chernobyl HBO mini-series, but this movie needs to be added to your list! This documentary is focused on three old women who returned to the still highly-radioactive Exclusion Zone. They were obligated to leave everything behind and move away from their homes. The documentary was filmed over Easter,one of the holiest times of the year. In this movie you will hear every detail of their lives. It puts you into their situation and makes it feel like a tale.
Photo:The Babushkas of Chernobyl, IMDB.com
IMDB.com, “Servant of the People”, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6235122/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_3 IMDB.com,
“ Free to Play”, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3203290/ Reelgood.com, “Servant of the people”, https://reelgood.com/show/servant-of-the-people-2015
“The Babushkas of Chernobyl”,https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3299704