The film Photophobia by Ivan Ostrokhovsky and Pawel Piekarczyk won the award for best feature documentary at the Warsaw Film Festival, the Ukrainian State Film Agency reports.

The film tells the story of 12-year-old Nicky, who lives with his family at a Kharkiv subway station. Here, they are hiding from the war. That is why daylight is synonymous with mortal danger for Nicky’s family, and the boy is not allowed to go outside.

Wandering through abandoned railroad cars and crowded platforms, Nicky meets 11-year-old Vika, and a new world opens up for him. As their bond strengthens, the children find the courage to feel the sun on their faces again.

The film was made in Slovak-Czech-Ukrainian co-production.

9 Ukrainian films were screened at the 39th Warsaw International Film Festival. Among them, the film “Mad Ones” received a special award. “The film tells the story of the ruling elite of Russia, which wanted to destroy any trace of being Ukrainian and those who go against the system,” the State Film Agency writes. This is the debut feature film by director Denys Tarasov.


The Russian invasion caused damage to 1624 cultural monuments in Ukraine. Of these, almost a third (591) have been destroyed. The number of damaged cultural sites has increased by 19 last month. Most are in Odesa region (5 sites or 26%). The most significant losses and damage to cultural monuments were recorded in Donetsk, Kherson, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia and Luhansk regions, the report says.

Ukraine plans to create a register of anti-Ukrainian publishing products. The printing of books from this list will be fined. This is a list of book publications whose content contains anti-Ukrainian theses and is aimed at inciting interethnic, racial, religious hatred, committing terrorist acts, infringing on human rights and freedoms, etc.