12-29th of October

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When I Grow up

When I Grow up

Belgium, Ukraine | 2023 | 12 min. | G

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On 24 February 2022, schoolrooms across Ukraine fell silent as news broke of the imminent Russian invasion. Over the following months, young people’s education – the very key to their future – was turned upside down as buildings across the country, including schools, were bombed relentlessly.

But this is only one half of the story. The determination, unity, and solidarity of young Ukrainians, along with the support from the European Union, helped them to defy the invasion and prioritise the continuation of their education. Schools across the country are being rebuilt and classrooms restored. Children can now go back to studying, to making their chosen careers a reality, and become the adults they want to be. Their ambition is stronger than ever.

This short documentary film is part of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations’ #EducationNoMatterWhat campaign and has being released in over 11 countries to draw attention to the EU’s humanitarian aid for children in and out of war zones.

  • Directors:

    Claire Billet, Olivier Jobard

  • Cinematography:

    Claire Billet, Olivier Jobard

  • Editing:

    Claire Billet, Olivier Jobard

  • Producers:

    Antoine Kimmerlin, Caroline Ectors

  • Languages:


  • Subtitles:

    Lithuanian, English

Presented by:
Away + When I Grow Up + DISCUSSION
About the event

20 October


Forum cinemas VINGIS