The film follows an annual 10-day- long walking Pilgrimage dedicated to and organized by Ukrainian labour migrants and their families. During 260 km of walk, the Pilgrims spread the word of their experiences abroad and try to reconnect with their families, estranged through the years of migration. They fight the guilt and the sense of blame for migration, and, against the evermore crumbling trust in the Ukrainian state, attempt to organize through the only existing for them institution, the Church. Τhe film speaks of the controversial rise of the Church institution in a post-soviet state, as a force preoccupied not only with the spiritual, but also with the social and the political.
Olena Fedyuk was born and grew up in Ukraine but in the last 15 years has been moving around Europe pursuing her professional interest – research in gendered migration flows, migrant labour, and moral economy of migration. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Central European University in Budapest. Since 2012, she’s turned to film as a medium.