Channel 4 has ordered a new documentary following a group of women searching for their sons, husbands and brothers who have gone missing during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s Lost Sons (1×60’, w/t) was filmed over the course of a year by a team of independent Russian filmmakers, as the women repeatedly try to get any official help to find their loved ones from largely unresponsive government offices, while they desperately search morgues and social media posts looking for news and ultimately join forces to help each other.

The film also features some of the men trying record the true Russian death toll by visiting cemeteries to catalogue the graves, and interviews ardent Putin supporters who see the invasion as an inevitable step to extend and protect Russia’s “greatness”.

Evan Williams, executive producer says: “Working together with independent Russian filmmakers, over the course of a year filming with extreme care and sensitivity, Russia’s Lost Sons (w/t) is able to provide a unique, personal portrait of ordinary, but very brave, Russians who in their own way are also victims of Putin’s war.”

Russia’s Lost Sons (w/t) is produced by Evan Williams Productions, working together with filmmakers from the Russian independent media project ROMB, for Channel 4. The director and executive producer is Evan Williams, and the film was commissioned by Nevine Mabro. The film is due to air in November 2023. Abacus Media Rights is handling international sales and launching 60-minute and 90-minute versions of the film at MIPCOM 2023.

Jon Creamer

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