New Documentary Series by Natacha Merritt, "the Givers"
The Givers: “Where is Alice?” is a raw, unmitigated story of compassion, a cinema vérité set in a country undergoing cataclysmic change.
It's late spring, month four of the war in Ukraine. The main characters are a couple of enamored young Ukrainians–Elena, a makeup artist, and Vitalii, a cinematographer. Both are patriots; she had refused evacuation; he had not yet been called to fight. They felt paralyzed, on standby and without work, watching from the relative comfort of the capital the Russian incursion only a couple hundred miles away.
It’s at this moment that opportunity strikes: they link up with a scrappy Paris-based foundation giving grants to young Ukrainians to deliver aid to places where foreign NGOs cannot.
From that point onward, Elena and Vitalii are in charge of deciding how to best help their people. They share a playful, can-do attitude in creating a plan of action. As they apprehensively head to the frontlines, they are full of romantic dreams of doing good by their people. They discover that the biggest challenge of goodwill is existential. Who can they trust, and most importantly, who are they to decide who deserves charity the most?