Home games

Ukraine, France, Poland, 2018, 86 min.


Alisa Kovalenko






Serhiy Stetsenko, Alisa Kovalenko


East Roads Films, Studio Garmata Film, DocEdu Foundation & Telewizja Polska

HOME GAMES depicts a crucial moment in the life of Alina, a 20-year-old girl from a poor family in Kyiv, whose passion for football has a chance of saving her from poverty. She grew up on the streets in a poor suburb of the Ukrainian capital. While her parents were in jail for petty crimes, she started playing football with boys until a women's football trainer noticed her talent and signed her to Atex Kyiv, the only women's club in the city. Alina is about to join the Ukrainian national team when life throws up a new challenge: her mother dies, leaving two young siblings. Now, Alina must choose: football or family.

2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest IFF (UK) – World Premiere
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Alisa Kovalenko

Born in Zaporizhia in 1987. Studied at Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University (documentary cinema) and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw under the guidance of Marcel Łoziński, one of the masters of Polish documentary cinema. Her debut documentary SISTER ZO was shown at several festivals. Her second full-length documentary ALISA IN WARLAND was premiered in the First appearance competition at IDFA in 2015 and won three awards in Paris, Agadir and Mexico.

Selected filmography

2018 Home games

2015 Alisa in Warland