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The Earth is Blue as an Orange

Available for




Available for screenings until

Jan 01, 2026

Available for screenings in

United States of America, Canada

Brought to you by

Film Movement

About the film

Single mother Anna and her four children live in the front-line war zone of Donbas, Ukraine. While the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, the family is managing to keep their home a safe haven, full of life and full of light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, motivating them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war. The creative process raises the question of what kind of power the magical world of cinema could have during times of disaster. How to picture war through fiction? For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.




1h 14m




Iryna Tsilyk

Awards & recognition

Biografilm Festival 2020

Winner Hera Award Best Debut Film

Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US 2021

Winner Spotlight Award

Docudays UA International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival 2020

Winner DOCU/UKRAINE Best Film

Sundance Film Festival 2020

Winner Directing Award World Cinema - Documentary

Tallgrass International Film Festival 2020

Winner DOXX Spotlight

Ukrainian Film Academy Awards 2021

Winner Golden Dziga

What people are saying

The resilient family in The Earth Is Blue as an Orange likewise turn to film as a means of representation—and also catharsis...

Kathleen Sachs

Chicago Reader

A documentary in which the roles of filmmaker, viewer and subject are as inextricably fused as life and art.

Guy Lodge


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