Photo – Film Director Adriana Luhovy (right) following the interview with Krystina Waler, Director of CUF Humanitarian Initiatives
Montreal/MML Inc.: Adriana Luhovy is currently working on a feature documentary film, tentatively titled “Recovery Room”, for which she is director and cameraperson.
The documentary deals with the current war in Eastern Ukraine and the diaspora’s response on a humanitarian level. It is based on interviews, unique archival footage, contributing to a better understanding of the war, its effect on the young men and women fighting, and why/how Ukrainians across Canada are providing humanitarian assistance. It follows the journey of the patients and medical teams, both Canadian and Ukrainian, over the course of two medical missions. It captures the close interaction between them.
The documentary exposes the human stories of many of the Ukrainian patients conveying what they have gone through before, during and after their significant psychological and physical trauma, put in context of the war.
Filming of the documentary first began when Adriana was invited by the Canada-Ukraine Foundation to join the team of the Canadian Medical Mission to Ukraine in May 2015 as photographer of the Mission. During this time she noticed news channels would come and go but not capture the real depth of all that was occurring. Adriana began to film and interview, as well as continue to photograph. As she states, “It was important to document the work of the doctors and patients, record the stories and emotions, ensuring this was not forgotten. The war, its destruction and its impact on society is told. I believe the film will propel discussions on topics of human rights, freedom, justice, independence, sacrifice, and Ukrainian history.” The documentary is being produced and edited by Yurij Luhovy.
Adriana further continues, “I was privileged to be in the Kyiv Main Military Clinical Hospital operating rooms every day for two Medical Missions, close to everything that happened. The injured soldiers were from all over Ukraine – from Lviv to Luhansk. Some were still recovering from injuries on the Maidan during the revolution. I was also granted special permission to stay and continue my work conducting interviews and filming at the Kyiv Main Military Hospital even after the Canadian medical team returned to Canada, having gained complete trust of the soldiers and medical teams. These unique interviews form the story. I am most grateful to Victor Hetmanczuk, Krystina Waler, Dr. Oleh Antonyshyn, Dr. Ihor Fedirko and many more for the opportunity to be with them.” In February, Adriana visited the soldiers and staff during the fourth Medical Mission in Kyiv as a follow up, receiving additional materials for the documentary. Adriana’s photographs have been published in Maclean’s Magazine, the Toronto Star, Le Devoir, Forbes Magazine, Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty on line, Kyiv Post, Euromaidan Press, Ukrainian-Canadian papers and many others. She created a web site to support 11-year old Mykola Nyzhnykovskyi, the victim of a horrific undetonated-grenade explosion, who is currently being treated at Montreal’s Shriner’s Hospital. She also designed Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF)’s Medical Mission logo, branding materials, certificates, as well as the Help Us Help The Children’s web site.
Adriana was working as Ukrainian program coordinator in New York City for “Advancing Human Rights” prior to joining CUF’s medical mission, working on high profile human rights abuse cases, including the plight of Nadiya Savchenko. She is a graduate of Montreal’s Concordia University in Communications Studies, of Vancouver Film School in Digital Design and of New York School of Visual Arts in Design for Social Change. She attended the University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy summer school and the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. As main camera operator for the award–winning feature documentary Genocide Revealed, her work on historical documentaries began.
For over ten months, filming the documentary “Recovery Room” had no financial support, but Adriana continued. Documentary films are critical to help ensure our history is recorded and furthers public awareness.
View trailer for the film at: youtube.com/watch?v=OcjAsbhoTl8 For further information or to help support the project, see www.adrianaluhovy.com or call 514 481 5871. This documentary, an educational film project, is endorsed by UCC-Montreal/Quebec Provincial Council.