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No pity
Sander Pleij
23 November 2022

Immediately after the premiere of When spring came to Bucha, something remarkable happened. The filmmakers came to the stage as well-deserved applause filled the theater. And since this was at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), they had brought one of their protagonists with them: Taras Vyazovchenko. We had just seen him on screen: for many months he had worked inside refrigerators with bodies of killed Ukrainian civilians, identifying them, registering their wounds and the causes of death, trying to prepare them for a proper burial. When he came to the stage, IDFA’s moderator for the premiere suddenly fell into Vyazovchenko’s arms, crying and hugging him. She was shaking. The filmmakers stood by, a bit uncertain.

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