Pushing Boundaries

2020 | Documentary | 100 min | MA Film

Directed by Lesia Kordonets

Produced by Dschoint Ventschr | ZHdK

PUSHING BOUNDARIES was one of the slogans of the Paralympics in Russian Sochi. During the games, this slogan was applied militarily by the Russian army towards the neighboring Ukraine. Overnight the Ukrainian National Team lost access to their training base in Crimea. The film accompanies 5 athletes with disabilities who try to adapt their private and professional lives to the circumstances and attempt the Paralympics qualification. After the competitions, where all the teams are celebrated as 'super-humane', they return to a tired society where new invalids are produced by the war.


Runtime100 min
Year of Production2020
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Distribution FormatDCP, QT
Aspect Ratio16:9
Audio FormatStereo, 5.1
Shot onCanon Eos C100 Mark II, Lumix GH4, iPhone
Spoken LanguageUkrainian, Russian
Available SubtitlesGerman, English
Director, Screenplay Lesia Kordonets
Cinematography Lesia Kordonets
Volodymyr Palylyk
Music Christoph Scherbaum
Editor Lesia Kordonets
Martin Arpagaus
Gesa Marten
Mykyta Krivoshejev
Produced byDschoint Ventschr | ZHdK
Location Sound Engineer Lesia Kordonets
Vlad Miroshnichenko
Sound Design Nicola Misic
Sound Mixing Gregg Skerman
Digital Colorist Ralph Wetli
Graphic Artist Alessa Fanzoi
Technical Support Equipment Gian Courtin
Technical Support Postproduction Norbert Kottmann, Yasmin Joerg
Yasmin Joerg
Project Mentoring Christian Iseli
Sabine Gisiger
Co-Production Company Dschoint Ventschr Film AG, SRF
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Programme Director Sabine Boss