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.
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.
2018 Home games
2015 Alisa in Warland