Pieter-Jan De Pue

Girls and Honey

Synopsis

Anatoli and Svetlana live since two years under shelling in their village Pesky, located beside Donetsk Airport. They live partly underground inside their basement, which they transformed into a living place. They are both 72 years old and the last remaining inhabitants of Pesky, where once lived more than 3.000 people before the war broke out between the pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian army. Water, gas and electricity connections are destroyed. The Ukrainian army helps them food supplies. The water well in the garden provides them rain water. Anatoli has been a beekeeper during all his life. The honey bees became part of his life. He feels a deep love and responsibility for them. Abandoning them in the war was no option for him. The elderly couple refused to be evacuated from Pesky, despite the daily non- stop bombing and fighting.