Simon Lerang Wilmont

A House Made of Splinters (Sirpaleiden talo)

2022 Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine
87 min • Ukrainian, Russian. Finnish subtitles
Theme: Opening and closing films Humanity
16.11.2022 | Time 19:00 | Venue: Tapio 2 | BUY TICKET

A documentary film about an orphanage in the war-torn Eastern Ukraine.

In this war-worn and impoverished corner of Eastern Ukraine where addiction casts a long shadow, there sits a safe haven for children temporarily removed from their parents. A House Made of Splinters follows three kids awaiting their fate— will they go back or move on to a new home while a group of dedicated social workers create small moments of joy and respite from childhoods all but lost. 

Filmmaker Simon Lereng Wilmon offers a unique look into how the long-term consequences of war on a society already under strain impacts the most vulnerable. His is a poignant and deeply intimate portrait of a remarkable way station filled with care, support, and trust for a group of kids who are in desperate need of more.

The film is a tragic and beautiful story about the long-term consequences of the prolonged war.