“Heart-rending, elegiac, charged with hope.” Sheri Linden, Los Angeles TimesIf you were walking down the street and saw a homeless child sniffing glue, and if you then learned that there were tens of thousands of other kids in the same situation, would you just leave them on the side of the road? Wouldn’t you want to fight to help them? SOMETHING BETTER TO COME is Academy-Award-nominated director Hanna Polak’s answer to that question. She uses her camera as a weapon in a global fight to help these children escape lives of poverty and misery. Through her outstanding film, she has pulled back a curtain on this desperate world, allowing innumerable people to witness it. In so doing, she has also enlisted their support. Now we need your support as well.
SOMETHING BETTER TO COME had its genesis in 2000, the year Vladimir Putin stepped into power in Russia. It began as the result of a casual encounter between Hanna Polak and ten-year old Yula. The young girl had one dream: to escape the largest garbage dump in Europe and lead a normal life. For fourteen years, while Putin shaped his “New Russia,” Hanna followed Yula as she grew up in the forbidden territory of Svalka, a dump thirteen miles from the Kremlin. The film is Yula’s story, a dramatic cinema vérité documentary about coming of age and maturing to the point of taking destiny into one’s own hands. It is a universal story of hope, courage, and life.
“A strikingly visceral and plaintively moving documentary” – Mark Adams, Screen Daily
“My most powerful experience of nonfiction cinema this year was SOMETHING BETTER TO COME” – Joshua Oppenheimer (director of the Academy-Award-nominated film The Act of Killing)SOMETHING BETTER TO COME began with a little girl named Yula. Her determination, strength, and innocent charm gave Hanna the passion to follow her with her camera for fourteen years. From these two people, the supporters of Hanna’s project started growing like a snowball. First Jan Rofekamp, from Films Transit, and Mette Hoffman Mayer, DR commissioning editor, supported the project. Then Sigrid Dyekjær, one of Denmark’s most renowned producers, agreed to produce the film. Following this, our group grew bigger with the involvement of Piotr, Anne, Kristine, David, Joanna, Mathias, Valentina—all film professionals from different backgrounds and nationalities who believe in this project and want to be part of Hanna’s fight. We are now a dozen people helping Hanna and her film and we hope to be able to count you as one of us very soon. You can contribute to our effort by donating to our Kickstarter campaign, but you can also support the film by sharing it on your social media channels or just by talking about it with friends and family. An article on your blog, a contact, a message on your Facebook page, or a financial contribution will all help us achieve our goal.
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