We Will Not Fade Away

Five teens trapped in the war-torn Donbas region of eastern Ukraine in 2019 see little future for themselves. As the threat of full-scale war with Russia grows, the group is offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a Himalayan mountain-climbing expedition. The trek offers them a reprieve from their grim reality and reinforces their dreams for a brighter future.

“…now destined to live on as a testament of the final days of a time and place, it is also a document of Ukrainian determination and tenacity…”, Zoe Aiano, East European Film Bulletin

Awards and Nominations

Ukrainian Film Academy Awards 2023 – Golden Dzyga, Best Documentary, Winner
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, 2023 – Best Director Award, International Competition Program, Winner
Odesa International Film Festival, 2023 – National Competition, Director, Winner
Docudays UA International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival, 2023 – Docu/World, Best Film, Winner


Alisa Kovalenko


Russian, Ukrainian (English subtitles)

Film Details

2023, 100 min
Ukraine, Poland, France