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Film: The Earth is Blue as an Orange
Iryna Tsilyk, Ukraine, Lithuania 2020, 74 min. Language: Ukrainian/Russian.
Subtitled in English.

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Wednesday April 27, 2022 at 18:00
at Vega Scene.

War in Ukraine. Film and talk:

Film: The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

Talk after the film: To live between two worlds.

Does art have power during war?
Art does have power – it cracks the ice between us; it facilitates the processing of trauma. It gives witness to all that is funny, joyful and faced with laughter in the midst of remarkable darkness.
   - Director Iryna Tsilyk

Single mother Anna and her four children live in the front-line war zone of Donbas, Ukraine. While the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, the family is managing to keep their home as a safe haven, full of life and full of light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, motivating them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war.

The creative process raises the question of what kind of power the magical world of cinema could have during times of disaster. How to picture war through fiction? For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.

The film gives us a strong sense of what it is like to live in a war zone and how difficult it can be to leave.

In collaboration with Masahat, DocuDays Ukraine, The Ukrainian Association in Norway, Human idff, Harbitz Consulting and Vega Scene.

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Oleksandra Hrybenko
Oleksandra Hrybenko

Osama Shaheen
Osama Shaheen

Zeina Bali
Zeina Bali

Talk after the film.

The situation for Ukrainian refugees:
To live between two worlds

As we are writing this text over 10 million Ukrainians have become refugees and more than 3 million have left the country. For the refugees who find safety abroad, the war is in a way over, but on the other hand it's not. While they themselves are safe, they are still closely connected with people living in the midst of the war. To live " between two worlds" like this can be traumatic in itself. How are Ukrainians dealing with this and what can be learnt from the experiences of the Syrian diaspora?

Diaspora experiences and the power of documentaries

In the talk after the screening we want to focus on the situation for refugees, on the power of documentary films to create understanding and empathy for the victims of war, and how films can be an extremely important addition to the news media.


Oleksandra Hrybenko (28) is from Donetsk, Ukraine. She is currently working as a PhD Fellow at the Faculty of Journalism and Media Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University researching the safety of women journalists reporting on the conflict in Ukraine. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion in 2014 she has worked as a journalist and field producer for international media reporting on the conflict in Ukraine.

Osama Shaheen is a journalist for the Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende and founder of the Arab language magazine DER. He is a stateless Palestinian and came to Norway from Syria in 2015.

Moderator: Zeina Bali, Director, Masahat.


The Earth is Blue as an Orange has won numerous awards worldwide. Among these are:

WINNER: Directing Award. Sundance Film Festival, USA 2020.

WINNER: Best Cinematography award. International Documentary Association, USA 2020.

WINNER: Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize. Seattle International Film Festival, USA 2021.

WINNER: ZIFF Grand Award of Zinebi - Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Spain 2020.

WINNER: Grand Prix of Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland 2020.

WINNER: Award for Best Cinematography of Millenium Docs Against Gravity film festival, Poland 2020.

WINNER: DOCU/World award of Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Ukraine 2020

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