This week marks a year since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In this episode, Lilah speaks with Ukrainian director Nadia Parfan, whose documentary short 'I did not want to make a war film' is a first-person essay about how life has changed. Nadia was in Egypt when the war began, but a few weeks later, she chose to return to Ukraine because she feared isolation more than physical danger. She joins us from a coffee shop in Kyiv to talk about making the film, what life is like in Ukraine for civilians, and why making art can be a form of resistance.

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Links and mentions from the episode:

– Nadia Parfan’s film ‘I Did Not Want To Make A War Film’ is available now. You can watch it here:

– FT Magazine cover, ‘A 12 year journey into Ukraine’ by Christopher Miller:

– A year in review: ‘How Putin blundered into Ukraine – and doubled down:’

– Mary Elise Sarotte on Putin’s misuse of history:


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