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Help us bring the new documentary of Academy Award-nominated director Hanna Polak to the Oscars.
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“Heart-rending, elegiac, charged with hope.” Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

If 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 

SOMETHING BETTER TO COME has already won twenty-one awards at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. We now would like to take the film to the Oscars, in order to give it the visibility and the fame it deserves. Hanna’s previous short documentary THE CHILDREN OF LENINGRADSKY was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004. This put the film in the spotlight and catalyzed change for the children featured in it, offering them hope for a better future. One impact of that film was to force local authorities to change policy regulations pertaining to the homeless, which helped hundreds of other kids. These issues are now amplified in the feature-length documentary, SOMETHING BETTER TO COME. An Academy Award nomination for SOMETHING BETTER TO COME would give Yula and the homeless children of Russia a voice, a face, and a real reason to believe. 

In order to bring this film to the attention of the American public, film critics and, as a result, Academy members, we need to make noise, we need people to talk about the film, and we need money. All the funds raised through this crowdfunding campaign will be spent on organizing screenings, attracting media attention, and lobbying activities. $12,000 is the minimum we need to start our Oscar campaign. This will cover the costs of two key screenings in LA and NYC, as well as help to implement a PR campaign. It will also allow Hanna to represent her film in person by travelling to these screenings.


“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.

The only voices that come from Russia are those of politicians or oligarchs. Please help us give a voice to those left on the margins, who do suffer but haven’t lost hope. We have great perks to bestow upon you, to thank you for your contribution to the campaign, from digital downloads of the film to invites to the screenings and special mentoring sessions from Academy-Award- nominated director Hanna Polak. Don’t let those kids on the side of the road continue to sniff glue and perish in the dump! Join us in promising them that, this time, there really is SOMETHING BETTER TO COME!

 
 

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    ETERNAL GRATITUDE - A huge thank you for supporting the film! Every contribution makes a difference. You'll receive the happy feeling that comes with being part of a movement to improve the condition of children. and of course we're gonna keep you updated about the film.

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    “Shout out”: We will give you a personal shout out on the wall of our SOMETHING BETTER TO COME Facebook Page (facebook.com/somethingbettertocome).

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    All the above plus another DVD of SOMETHING BETTER TO COME signed by Hanna Polak with a dedication to you or to anyone you'd like the DVD to be dedicated to, and a streaming link to Hanna Polak’s Academy Award-nominated short documentary “The Children of Leningradsky”

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    You get two one-hour master classes with Hanna regarding filmmaking and discussing your project. Hanna would love to work with you on your idea development and will help you unpack your ideas, give you tips and inspiration, suggest funding partners and/or help out with festival strategy. If you're not a filmmaker you can Skype with director Hanna about a topic of your choosing!

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    ORGANIZE A PRIVATE SCREENING - Screen the film in your school, university, adoption agency, think tank, focus group. The film can also be made available digitally to your students/members/delegates on a secure streaming site if you have a wider network you'd like to share the film with. Share, get inspired help to promote this award winning film!

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    You automatically become an Associate Producer on Hanna’s next film with the credit on IMDB and in the film credit block – and you can be part of the process from THE VERY BEGINNING of the production! Be aware – it may take some time, so it will be a big experience for you!

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    If you believe in our film, and if - by any chance - we will win an Oscar, YOUR NAME will be mentioned from the stage for having supported our promotional campaign! Your contribution allows us to organize the screenings and bring the film to the American audience.

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