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When Spring Came to Bucha

1h 4m Documentary 2022

US Digital Premiere

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Audio Described version of this film is available here: Audio Described Version: When Spring Came To Bucha

Closed Captioning available in English You can select this option by clicking the ‘CC’ button in the bottom right of the player to turn on captions.

In early 2022, the Ukrainian city of Bucha near the capital, Kyiv, was occupied by the Russian army for several weeks. After a month of intense fighting, the Russian army withdrew, leaving the city destroyed in its wake. With beautiful cinematography, renowned photographer Mila Teshaieva captures stories of the residents as they clean their streets of debris and rebuild their shattered homes. Yuri, municipal services manager, struggles to keep people supplied with clean drinking water. Olenka is the only pupil in her classroom after two of her classmates are killed, the rest having left the country. Yet amid the suffering, a young couple gets married, and life must go on. This heart-rending yet empowering documentary tells stories of loss, hope, and resistance, as the spring flowers of Bucha begin to bloom.

Content Advisory - This film contains images and audio from a war zone, including brief and partial images of covered bodies, mass funerals.

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Mila Teshaieva


Marcus Lenz


Marcus Lenz


Ukrainian, Russian

Closed Captions [CC]


Bonus Content

Directors Mila Teshaieva and Marcus Lenz: Introduction