Dying for Ukraine

The documentary introduces the families of three Hungarian victims and aims to present through their stories how Subcarpathians were affected by the East-Ukrainian war.  In the East-Ukrainian region, bloody battles started between the Ukrainian army and Russian separatists in the spring of 2014. Several thousands died and hundreds of thousands had to leave their homes. Several hundred Subcarpathia-based Hungarian soldiers took part in the fight, and nearly a dozen of them died.

The film sheds light on how the soldiers had been drafted into the army, how they maintained contact with their relatives, what they had to lack and what were their last messages to their loved ones. Two mothers and a wife stir the memory of the moment when they came to know that their sons and husband had been killed in Donetsk and Luhansk.

Hungarian and Ukrainian soldiers tell us about their front experiences and grievous traumas.

The film crew went along the locations of the front where the heaviest battles took place and the Hungarian victims died. A humanitarian aid agency is continuously searching for the dead because thousands of unburied bodies are still lying on the battleground.

Shocking sequences give insight into how the residents of the homeland take the funereal procession held for the heroes of the war.

Hungarian and Russian historicists, as well as Ukrainian interviewees analyze the causes of the conflict and try to give answer to the question, what the future can bring.