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Something Better to Come

As part of the Ending Poverty theme of Rise-Up, we screen this strikingly visceral and moving Danish-Polish documentary film about children living on a garbage dump near Moscow directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hanna Polak.

Ten-year-old Yula has but one dream – to lead a normal life. For 14 YEARS, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hanna Polak follows Yula as she grows up in the forbidden territory of Svalka, the garbage dump located 13 miles from the Kremlin in Putin’s Russia. 

SOMETHING BETTER TO COME is Yula’s story – a dramatic tale of coming of age and maturing to the point of taking destiny into one’s own hands. It is a story of hope, courage, and life, all shot in gripping vérité style that stuns with its directness and immediacy.

This screening will be accompanied by short films inspired by Martin Luther King's speech at Newcastle University in 1967, made by Northern Stars Documentary Academy, Tyneside Cinema's young persons filmmaking academy for 15-18 year-olds from the North East. 

Event Information

Running Time: 1hr 38mins

BBFC Advice: adv 15

Director(s): Hanna Polak

Country of Origin: Poland & Denmark

Year of release:

Language(s): Russian with English subtitles

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