Returning Home After Occupation
Neighbors reunite after weeks of harrowing occupation. (Arman Dzidzovic)

Returning Home After Occupation

Bradley Hope

We are extremely proud to present to you Project Brazen's first documentary project, which was filmed in Ukraine this spring alongside the recording of our podcast series RESISTANCE.

In this 18-minute short documentary, you'll see some of the first footage of the villages and towns that suffered horrendous atrocities at the hands of Russian soldiers during the initial months of the war. Laurel Chor and Arman Dzidzovic captured some emotional and intense moments as people began returning home in the days after Russian soldiers retreated (many of them are now fighting in the east of the country, as Putin tries to build up territory in the Donbas region of Ukraine). I find the interviews inspiring – Ukrainian resilience is something to behold.

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