by Jiří Stejskal
Czech Republic / 2014 / 84 min
This picturesque Ukrainian farm is not surrounded by fields,
but by huge housing developments. Ominous cranes overlook Natasha’s land
at the edge of Kiev, which year after year is being pushed deeper
into a pit by new panel buildings. The brave owner
protects not only acres of land, but also traditional family values,
faith and ownership. From a bird’s-eye view of the farm,
a sharp contrast emerges between the village and the city.
This peculiar family business model is set forth in a four-year chronicle
from the point of view of foreign visitors who don’t interfere
with the way of life that the family has lived for generations.