A documentary feature by Alina Gorlova
102 min / 2020 / UKRAINE, GERMANY, LATVIA, QATAR / 4K
After they fled the war in Syria, the Suleyman family was scattered across Europe. Lazgin lives with his family in Ukraine, but his brother Koshnhav is in Germany, while a third brother is in Kurdish Iraq, and a fourth remains in Syria.
This Rain Will Never Stop follows Lazgin’s son Andriy, who is now a volunteer with the Red Cross and dealing with another military conflict, this time in Ukraine. Whether to escape the war or help relieve the suffering on site—such is the dilemma that Andriy struggles with during a visit to his brother in Germany and an emotional reunion with relatives in Iraq. After the sudden death of his father, Andriy decides to accompany the body back to Syria.
Andriy’s journeys are interspersed with footage of humanitarian relief efforts, displays of military strength, festive gatherings, and slices of everyday life—like an endless cycle of war and peace, in striking black-and-white cinematography. A dark atmosphere and the sparingly supplied information emphasize the grief and uncertainty within a war-torn family.
This Rain Will Never Stop is co-produced by Maksym Nakonechnyi for Tabor (Ukraine), Ilona Bicevska for Avantis Promo (Latvia) and Patrick Hamm for Bulldog Agenda (Germany).
Winner, Award for Best First Appearance, IDFA 2020
Winner, Best Feature Film, Festival dei Popoli 2020
Winner, Current Time Award, Docudays UA 2021
Winner, Golden Lady Harimaguada Award, Las Palmas International Film Festival 2021
Winner, Golden Lily Award for Best Film goEast – Festival Of Central- And Eastern European Film 2021
Winner, International Documentary Award, ethnocineca – International Documentary Film Festival Vienna 2021
Winner, Main Jury Prize, One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2021
Winner, Main Competition Award, IceDocs – Iceland Documentary Film Festival 2021
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Festival dei Popoli
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) Geneva
Tempo Documentary Festival
ACT Human Rights Film Festival
Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Las Palmas International Film Festival
goEast – Festival Of Central- And Eastern European Film
True/False Film Festival
ethnocineca – International Documentary Film Festival Vienna
One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
FICDH – International Human Rights Film Festival
Crossing Europe Filmfestival
IceDocs – Iceland Documentary Film Festival
Docaviv – Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival
Festival of Tolerance
DOCUMENTARIST – Istanbul Documentary Days
Social World Film Festival