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One crucial year in the life of Alina Shilova, a young Ukrainian woman born and raised in the poor suburbs of Kiev, who is torn between playing football and looking after her family
Alina’s life has always been based around playing football and she was considered for the Ukrainian national football team. Her coach knows she’s talented but Alina is failing to live up to her potential.

Often Alina’s mind is on other things – her alcoholic Mother has long been unable to look after her young brother and sister. After tragedy strikes the family, and with no alternatives, Alina becomes the main caregiver for her siblings, responsible for paying the bills and getting them ready for a crucial new school year.

With football having to take a back seat, will Alina give up on her dreams forever?

Key credits
Director: Alisa Kovalenko
Producer: Stephane Siohon and Maxym Vasyanovych
Editor: Olha Zurba
Executive producers for the Guardian: Charlie Phillips and Lindsay Poulton
Commissioned by the Guardian and The Filmmaker Fund

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