Studio 9 Movies wins ITV fee for The Grave

STUDIO 9 Movies has been commissioned by ITV1 and ITVX to provide a 66-minute documentary for the BAFTA-winning Publicity strand.

It tells the story of the seek for justice and accountability after a mass grave was found final autumn in a forest outdoors town of Izium in North Japanese Ukraine.

The realm had been topic to 6 months of brutal Russian occupation. 

The documentary will likely be proven on 6 November, 10.45pm on ITV1.

Practically 450 our bodies had been present in a mass grave outdoors the Ukrainian metropolis of Izium after six months of Russian occupation

Practically 450 our bodies had been discovered – some had been tortured, some shot, and a few had died because of the relentless bombardment of the realm.

Filmed over a yr, The Grave interweaves haunting first-hand survivor accounts of the occupation with distinctive entry to Ukrainian investigators and secret service brokers searching down the Russians they consider are accountable. 

UK primarily based Studio 9 Movies has been working with Ukrainian media firm, Gwara Media for over 18 months.

Primarily based in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Gwara Media has been on the forefront of countering Russian disinformation and propaganda although the battle and their Managing Editor, Serhii Prokopenko, was born and grew up in Izium. 

Serhii Prokopenko not too long ago gained the Zabel Award from Human Rights First recognising their “important position in defending fact and human rights within the face of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.”

The Grave was commissioned by Tom Giles, Controller of Present Affairs ITV.

Government Producer of The Grave and Founding father of Studio 9 Movies, Fiona Lloyd-Davies stated: “Having labored with Tom on the BBC it has been an actual pleasure reconnecting with him nearly a decade later.

“It has been thrilling to work with a former filmmaker who’s as passionate as I’m about bringing these tough however compelling tales to the display.”

Vitaly Boroyi is among the primary characters, a tall, dignified man and the city’s gravedigger.

He realised early on within the battle that the mounting variety of lifeless, killed in many various methods, would must be buried someplace and that their family members could be in search of them.

Halyna Zhykhareva misplaced her entire household together with her nice grand-daughters ages 9 and 6 when their residence block was shelled early within the battle.

Their our bodies lay within the rubble for months earlier than they could possibly be recovered and given makeshift burials. It’s solely now that she has been in a position to bury them with dignity.

Oleksandr Duvansky, 73, has been looking for his son Sasha, 40, for over a yr.

He hopes that Sasha continues to be alive, perhaps in captivity in Russia, however he hasn’t had a constructive DNA match from the Grave and knowledge from the Russian authorities is scarce.

Mykola Yarytenko, bombed out of his home, went to reside along with his mom and brother.

His brother, nonetheless, was taken by the Russians, tortured and died the day the Russians got here for Mykola.

He was then held for over three weeks, tortured and brutalised. His brother didn’t reside to accuse his murderers. Mykola hopes he could discover his physique and lay him to relaxation.

The Grave follows the painstaking investigations of the 2 main police girls on the case.

It reveals their seek for family members and potential DNA matches which can assist to establish the our bodies within the Grave.

The chilling accounts from two members of the Ukrainian Secret Providers about their profitable battle crime prosecution may also be heard within the movie, and the beforehand secret footage of the seize will likely be proven.

The Grave lays naked the harrowing actuality of the battle crimes dedicated towards Ukrainian civilians informed with the braveness and resilience of those that are left behind.

Allie Wharf, Producer/Director of The Grave stated: “This battle is in contrast to many others that I’ve coated.

“In lots of cities away from the entrance line the Ukrainians try to reside ’regular’ lives, to rebuild as issues are destroyed.

“However the terror and disappointment and grief and anger and despair are slightly below the floor.

“Witnessing the bravery and professionalism of my younger colleagues in Ukraine has been an impressive expertise in my filmmaking profession.

“To listen to from them, that the act of filmmaking, working, reporting their nation’s struggling has saved them from despair is a testomony to the facility of that endeavor.” 

Based by award-winning filmmaker Fiona Lloyd-Davies, Studio 9 Movies specialises in unscripted feature-length documentaries and present affairs programmes about battle, battle, and human rights.

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