Alisa Kovalenko

Alisa Kovalenko

Ukraine

Biography

Alisa Kovalenko is an award-winning Ukrainian director, born in Zaporizhia, Ukraine, in 1987. She first studied journalism and then graduated from the Karpenko-Kary theatre & cinema university of Kyiv, specializing in documentary cinema. Alisa also studied at the Andrzej-Wajda cinema school in Warsaw, under the guidance of Marcel Lozinsky, one of the masters of Polish documentary cinema. After her debut documentary SISTER ZO screened in festivals, Alisa was caught (like other Ukrainian directors) in the turmoil of the Ukrainian revolution in 2014 and the subsequent war in Eastern Ukraine. Those events brought her from the barricades of Maidan to the toughest battle of the war, the battle of Donetsk airport, in Donbass. A second full-length documentary resulted from this filmmaker's journey through the bloody events, taking place in her own country, where she was tormented by the tension between filming/observing and becoming a participant. ALISA IN WARLAND premiered in the First Appearance Competition at IDFA in Amsterdam in 2015. So far, it has has screened in over 60 festivals worldwide. Her most recent film, HOME GAMES, will screen at Odesa IFF 2018.

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