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Ukrainian Refugees Send a Powerful Message of Unity for World Refugee Day Film

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Stink Film’s Andzej Gavriss directs ‘Uprooted’ through agency Don’t Panic, for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

Ukrainian Refugees Send a Powerful Message of Unity for World Refugee Day Film

As we approach World Refugee Day (20th June), UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has released a powerful short film called 'Uprooted'. At a time when the global displacement crisis has reached 100 million people worldwide, the hero short film features Ukrainian refugees and sends a message of support to all refugees around the world. 'Uprooted' is accompanied by a further trilogy of films, where we meet the Ukrainian refugee cast and crew and hear about their first hand experience of the trauma of war and how they constantly have to relive the devastating memories of it.

Stink Films director, Andzej Gavriss, wrote the concept with Ukrainian choreographer, Konstantin Koval and Don’t Panic London’s Creative Partner, Rick Dodds. Production took place in Berlin, Germany where many Ukrainian refugees have landed since fleeing their homes. In total, over 50 refugees from Ukraine were involved in the project including all the talent featured in the film. Adding to the authenticity and their connection to the film, the actors’ wardrobe incorporated an item of clothing they wore when fleeing their country.

‘Uprooted’ will be shown in cinema theatres throughout the UK and released globally on social media along with the three companion films; Meet Olya, Meet the team and Dear Refugee. In Meet Olya, we hear how the lead actor is actually playing herself, and to this day hasn’t seen her parents again. In Meet the team we hear from more members of the cast and crew, what they experienced and why they were compelled to make this film. In Dear Refugee we see Ukrainian refugees receive letters of support from refugees from other parts of the world such as South Sudan and Cameroon.

UNHCR spokesperson, Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams commented, “In a matter of months, the war in Ukraine has triggered one of the fastest-growing displacement and humanitarian crises on record. Tragically, millions have been forced to flee their homes. Once people have reached safety, it is incredibly difficult to overcome the trauma of war, violence and persecution. That is why providing support like psychosocial counselling and working with host communities as they welcome  refugees is essential for the long term recovery of all those who have fled war like those from Ukraine and around the world. As this film so powerfully shows - refugees need our continued embrace and our unwavering support  to survive the trauma and memories of war.”

Andzej Gavriss, director, Stink Films, "Since the war broke out, I have been hearing many stories from Ukrainian refugees detailing the debilitating effects of PTSD. The subject felt so important, yet not much was being said in the public. After speaking with many Ukrainian friends and long-time collaborators, we decided to make a film together and use our art as our way of contributing. It was important that we cast real refugee actors in the film to tell their own stories. Despite all the pain, the film ends with a message of hope and unity - to stand together and give strength to one other."

Rick Dodds, creative partner at Don’t Panic, “From conception to delivery, refugees from Ukraine have been at the heart of the team. Not only have their first hand experiences been woven into the script, but their talents as an Actor, Dancer, Choreographer is what makes this film so powerful. The companion films are also incredibly moving, as it’s the first time I can remember hearing from refugees with job titles similar to our own. As creative professionals they are all at the top of their game.”

Blake Powell, Stink’s global head of film, “From the moment Andzej told me about his idea for this film, it was imperative we get it made and bring in the right people. I called Rick (Don’t Panic) who suggested collaborating with the UN Refugee Agency. From there, Rick, Andzej, and UNHCR, worked tirelessly together to mould and shape the idea. We are incredibly proud of the outcome and hope it raises awareness and support for the many brave refugees around the world.”

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UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency

Comms, PR & Creative Projects: Sarah Epstein

Global Ambassador Programme: Coco Campbell

Communications Officer: Stephanie Hazelwood

Social Media Officer: Amy Chrisitan


Directed by: Andzej Gavriss

Written by: Andzej Gavriss, Konstantin Koval, Rick Dodds

Creative Director: Rick Dodds

DOP: Albert Salas

Production Design: Julija Fricsone Gavriss

Editor: David Gesslbauer

Costume Designer: Margarita Shekel

1st AC: Cesar Villalba

2nd AC: Marc Villafranca

VTR/DIT: Rodrigo Levy

VTR/DIT: Julian Hopff

Sound: Frank Bubenzer

Gaffer: Mirko Fricke

Electrician: Robert Bergmann

Electrician: Raiko Epperlein

Electrician: Murat Aydin

Electrician: Fynn Koppenbrink

Stunt Coordinator: Billy Buff

Stunt Technician: Nils Lange


Production Company: Stink

Executive Producer: Blake Powell and Thomas Bartl

Producer: Marc Haferbusch

Junior Producer: Lukas Rotter


Agency: Don’t Panic

Head of Client Services: Georgia Williams

Executive Producer: Jennifer Clare Houlihan

Junior Producer: Ani Bosco


Choreographer: Konstantin Koval


Companion Content by: Philipp Hoffmann

Credits Artist: Luke Freeman

1st AD: Alex Schimpke

2nd AD: Sasha Gordiiash


Casting: Germany Tröber Casting

Casting Director: Elena Tarakanova

Casting Producers: Katia Nefeld, Ulyana Snitko


Steadicam A: Sacha Naceri

Steadicam B: Chris Iwanow


Rentals: Vantage Berlin

Rentals: Lightwise

Rentals: Cinegate Berlin

Rentals: FGV Schmidle Berlin


Production Coordinator: Corinne Ahrens

Production Assistant: Anna Borodastova

Production Assistant: Maximilian Sperber


Location Scout: Martin Zillger, Bashaar Wahab

Production Manager: Hendrik Müller

Unit Manager: Tobias Kraft

Set Manager: Julius Sommerfeld


Set Dresser: Steffi Becker

Set Dresser/Driver: Roman Pavlenko

Set Dresser: Artyom Hryntsevich

Props Maker: Yulia Pavlenko

Set Assistant: Grzegorz Woliński

Runner: Thomas Peler

Runner: Cameron

Runner: Detlef

Shuttle Service: Hartmut Jacobs

Shuttle Service: Issam Ibrahim

Blocker: Bloc Inc

Catering: Silent Running

Security: Vural Security

Truck Driver: Falko Suckrow

Generator: Silent Running


Styling Support: Germany Frank Wilde

Styling Assistant: Iris Laricheva

Styling Assistant: Anna Maksimova

Styling Assistant: Razvan Lukian

Costume Rental: Perfect Props Berlin


Make Up Artist: Christian Fritzenwanker

Make Up Artist: Sarah Hartgens

Make Up Assistant: Viktoria Turok

Edit Assistant

Editor Assistant: Ira Trianova


Sound Design & Sound Mixing: Julian Holzapfel


Re-Recording Studio: BASIS BERLIN


Head of Production: Frieda Oberlin


Original Music Song by: Mavka

Title: Hej, Sokoly!

Composer: Maciej Kamieński

Arrangement & Singer: Iryna Lazer

Musicians: Oleksii Rybak and Ihor Babaiev

Studio recording: Serhii Tiahnyriadno

Label & Publishing: Mavka

Additional Music

Additional Music Production: MassiveMusic Berlin

Composer: Tip van den Bos

Head of Production: Joss Ifan Brightwell

Junior Creative Producer: Inken Bornholdt

Visual Effects

Visual Effects: Time Based Arts

Creative Directors: James Allen and Mike Skrgatic

VFX Supervision: Matt Shires and Sam Osborne

2D Team: Matt Shires, Oliver Ramsey, Stephen Grasso, Ria Shroff, Will Robinson, Eleonora Laddago, Viola Bascombe

3D Team: Sam Osborne, Nick Smalley, Bethan Williams, Ihor Obukhovskyi, Zoe Sottiaux.


Colourist: Lewis Crossfield

Colour Assistants: Max Ferguson-Hook and Sharn Talbot

Line Production

Line Producer: Sean Ewins

Managing Director: Tom Johnson


Camera Tracking: Amelie Guyot and Peregrine McCafferty at Peanut

3D Scans: Ten24

Human Tree Concept

Human Tree concept: Julija Fricsone Gavriss

Film Stick

Film stock: Kodak

Director Sales Kodak EAMER: Sam Clark

Marketing Manager Kodak EAMER: Julie Taylor-Butt

Shoot on Kodak Vision 3 Colour Negative Film 35 mm
Lab Services

Lab services: Cinelabs, Romania-Bucharest

Processing operator: Viorel Stoica

Negative preparation for dailies and scan 4 K: Juan González-Páramo

Telecine dailies operator: Viorel Popescu

4K Scanning operator: Cristi Deliu

Production Coordinator: Madalina Iancu

Sales & Lab Manager: Cornelia Popa


Storyboard artist: Sofiia Avtaikina


Hygiene Representative: Ulrike Trispel/ADG

Honey Wagon Lienert Filmservice

Costume Trailer: Lienert Filmservice

Extras Bu: s Soheil Teymoori

Main Cast

Main Cast: Olya Shevchuk, Ivan Dorn, Olya Storozhuk, Anna Furdui

Supporting Cast

Queer Couple: Giorgia Sinoniti

Queer Couple: Oumou Aïdana

Corner Shop Owner: Reman Sharma

Corner Shop Customer: Andy Shmidt

Bus Passenger: Erzona Fetahaj

Bus Passenger: Lars Henning Hansen

Bus Passenger: Anamika Datta

Bus Passenger: Glebs Stepcenko

Bus Passenger: Bella Chrisstoleit

Bus Passenger: Robert Dudek

Bus Passenger: Julia Kravitz

Firecracker Boy: Ahmad Ayyoub

Firecracker Boy: Julian Lou Dion

Human Tree Dancers: Azarova Zhenya, Dascha Zacharchenko, Dayana Haponova, Karina Avanesova, Diana Avanesova, Ilya Kulishov, Inna Goscha, Katya Sinitsyna, Ksenia Churprinyk, Liza Mokritskaya, Mascha Daragan, Mascha Jakobchuk, Milena Romanenko, Nastja Roschkowa, Natalia Zhdan, Sascha Chetvertyk, Tanya Ponomareva, Vika Ertchik, Ksenya Kozarchuk, Maria Fillipova, Anya Verchika, Ilona Shelest, Vlada Bilovodenko

Human Tree Extras: Anya Nikitina, Bohdan Hotynenko, Tatiana Tarasyk, Hanna Bodnya, Lena Rohovaya, Anna Borodastova, Vlad Chirkov, Nastia Byvcheva, Anna Glukhovska, Viktoria Tkachenko, Maria Kryvchikova, Hanna Dubrovska, Christian Revenko, Anastasia Sytnik, Lena Potapenko, Carina Nadopovky, Cameron Hartwell, Ksenia Khrustaleva, Nastja Svoboda, Svitlana Karelova, Anna Dmytrenko, Volodymyr Demchenko

Extras Berlin: Jule Andersen, Alexandra Hoppe, Maximilian Ehrenreich

Extras Potsdam: Kevin Neumann, Valentin Dees, Alexandra Thein, Marco Marcu, Jia Shen, Christiana Hansen, Manfred Hansen, Christiane Sill, Jerome Sill, Beate Englisch, Friedemann Englisch, Sefire Kaya, Tarek Kavemann, Peter Zietemann, Asel Lolandscheko, Albert Spada, Joachim Darms, Ahmed Jouda, Alina Kylynych

Genres: People, Storytelling

Categories: Awareness, Corporate, Social and PSAs

Stink Films, Wed, 15 Jun 2022 10:18:16 GMT