Like Dew in the Sun

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    Like Dew in the Sun

    Comme la rosée au soleil

    Directed by



    108 min

    • English
    • Russian
    • Ukrainian


    A century ago, the grandparents of film director Peter Entell had to flee Ukraine, a land torn apart by war and massacres. One hundred years later, Entell faces the same destructive nationalism. People continue to kill in the name of the mother country, flag, culture, religion ... The memory of the atrocities suffered by the Jews, the Tatar Muslims of Crimea, and the Orthodox population, is transmitted from generation to generation, and with it the poison of hatred. Crossing checkpoints, Peter Entell takes us from the loyalist Ukrainians to the pro-Russian separatists. The purpose is not to show who is right or wrong – humanity itself is defeated. In the midst of this senseless violence, Like Dew in the Sun transcends cultural, religious and national differences to uncover the deeper bonds that unite us all.


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    Elizabeth Waelchli
    Peter Entell
    Jon Bjorgvinsson
    Peter Entell
    Elizabeth Waelchli
    Peter Entell

    Director's Statement

    These are a few words that inspired me to make this film:
    “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
    William Faulkner
    “We are the origins of war. Not history's forces, nor the times, nor justice, nor the lack of it, nor causes, nor religions, nor ideas, nor kinds of government, nor any other thing. We are the killers. We breed wars. We carry it, like syphilis, inside. Dead bodies rot in field and stream because the living ones are rotten. For the love of God, can't we love one another just a little? That’s how peace begins.”
    James Goldman, Lion in Winter
    “What History teaches people is that people learn nothing from History.”
    Kurt Tucholsky



    A personal yet sincere portrayal of a terribly deep-rooted tragedy.

    Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa

    Peter Entell

    Peter Entell


    Peter Entell was born in New York in 1952. With a degree in anthropology, he chose the path of documentary filmmaking, starting as a sound engineer and editor. Mr. Entell has lived in Switzerland since 1975. He has directed films in Europe, Africa and Asia, focusing on social, political and environmental subjects. More recently, he has made film portraits. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and his films have won a number of international awards.

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