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documentary project

Mykola Zhybarev is a legendary man who did not receive the title Hero of Ukraine. His active participation in crucial events of state building was decisive - thanks to his brave, heroic act, the process of creation of the Ukrainian Navy began, and in 2014 almost the entire fleet of the Border Guard Service of Ukraine was saved. Two of his sons served in the Border Guard then, and the eldest betrayed his oath to Ukraine by siding with Russia. I want to focus on the relationship with the younger son, to focus more on the personality of the younger one, and to understand his attitude to the current situation in the family since Russia destroyed his family. The younger son allows Mykola Yevhenovych to correct past mistakes because the young man is the embodiment of his father's successes and best aspirations. In the older son, Mykola sees his mistakes and failures. In 1992 and 2014, the country did not properly recognize the heroic deeds of Mr Zhybarev. But now Nikola's service and life allow Mykola Yevhenovych to pass on the tradition of honor and dignity, to atone for the stigma of betrayal that lies on their family name, and to gain the recognition and peace of mind that he rightly deserves. I'd also like to observe how Mykola Yevhenovych, unable and unwilling to communicate with his eldest son, is still haunted by whether his sons are fighting each other at a time when the war has become full-scale.



TRYBRAT YULIIA, scriptwriter

Yuliia Trybrat graduated from the Karpenko-Kary National University of Cinema, Theater and Television with an MA in directing in 2012. She has worked in advertising as a PA and as an AD at Family Production. For nine years, she worked in television as a production director and director of concerts and live broadcasts at the STB channel and later at the Kvartal 95 studio. Since 2018, she has been working in documentary filmmaking at Tabor Production. In 2019, she made her feature-length documentary debut, Choice. It was released in cinemas and still has a regular TV appearance. In 2020-21, she worked as an AD and editor on Maksym Nakonechnyi's film Butterfly Vision, which premiered at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in 2022.


Maksym holds a bachelor's degree in directing. Together with a group of like-minded people, he founded the production company Tabor, which produces documentary and fiction films. Tabor's output includes international and national works (School # 3 won the Generation14Plus Grand Prix at the Berlinale 67; No Obvious Signs won 4 awards at the DocuDays UA 2018 international competition and the prize of the German TV channel MDR DokLeipzig 2018).

Tabor's films were distributed in European cinemas and broadcast on European and Ukrainian TV channels.

Maksym's debut as a producer is the documentary film This Rain Will Never Stop. It premiered in 2020 at the important documentary film festival in Amsterdam, IDFA, where it won the main prize in the First Appearance competition section. Since then, the film has been screened at more than 60 festivals and won 11 awards. As a director, Maksym has made several short films, and his debut feature film, Butterfly Vision, was selected for the Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022.


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