Zoia Laktionova

3 September 2021

Zoia Laktionova was born in 1984 in Mariupol. She first appeared in the world of documentary cinema as the heroine of the Mariia Stoianova film “Ma” (2017), and a year later made her first short documentary about the mined sea “Diorama”. The film won an award in the MyStreetFilms category at the 86 festival, participated in numerous European film festivals (DOK Leipzig, Ji.Hlava, Cottbus etc) and was in cinemas in Ukraine in 2019.

In 2021, she presented her new short film “The Territory of Empty Windows” at the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, and also screened it in cinemas at the Molodist IFF in Kyiv. The international premiere took place at the MakeDox IFF, Northern Macedonia.

Now the artist lives in Kyiv and works as an independent documentary film director. She works with themes of war, memory and personal stories.