2018 Digital Storytelling Contest, Short Form, 2nd prize


It doesn't matter when and where there is a war. What matters is that there is no winner in any war. Through the smoke of the missiles and fires, it is difficult to see the civilians, their destinies, and their tragedies.

This is the story of people who happened to be in the centre of a military conflict. In the center of the war chaos, of the tragedy which can come to any house at any time. Despite all the horrors of the war, people stay humans and struggle for their lives every day even though each moment can become their last one.

Valentina Borodina is one of the last inhabitants of a demolished village in Donbass. The village Shakhti 6/7 is situated on the battle line and has been under constant firing since the beginning of the war conflict. With the onset of the nighttime, the fragile silence is torn apart by the salvos and missiles' explosions. Valentina and some of the other natives have been living in the basement of a destroyed school for more than two years. Many years ago they were taught how to read and to write in that building, and now they are hiding from death there.

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