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Blind Devotion

A Lugansk cossack builds a church under Ukrainian shelling

Nikolay Tarasenko has been building an Orthodox Church on a mountain in his hometown of Kamenka in the Lugansk People’s Republic since the 1990s. When the war broke out in the Donbass in 2014, the project continued regardless. The church’s domes were built under constant shelling. “Then they started to bomb the church and dropped 70 guided aerial bombs on it. The heaviest weighed in at about 250 kilogram,” Nikolay recalls. Fields around the church were scorched, houses were destroyed but “not a single fragment reached the church. Not a single one.” The documentary tells Nikolay’s story and why he decided to finish building his church against all odds.