An intimate portrait of life in a remote mountain village, seen through the eyes of four paramedics, as the spectre of COVID-19 looms over it.
Mariia, Tetiana, Anna and Svitlana are well-known figures in Kolochava, a small village that sits on the edge of the Carpathian Mountains, in the southwest of Ukraine. The paramedics operate the only ambulance in an area that has changed little in decades. The women bear witness to the cycle of life, from births to deaths, treating illnesses and infirmities. But the growing threat of the pandemic, filling local hospitals, poses a threat to outpatients and visitors. Through its focus on the paramedic’s daily routine, Dmytro Hreshko’s film presents a compelling portrait of this remote world.