Documentary ‘Women’ Spotlights Resilience Amid Conflict, Created by Ukrainian Refugee 

Ukrainian refugee Lora Arkhypenko displaced by the 2022 Russian invasion has created a documentary called “Women.” The film focuses on the resilience of women affected by conflict, inspired by Lora’s own experiences. Living in Shropshire after leaving Kyiv, she pursued film-making studies and crafted this narrative. Supported by Shropshire Council, the documentary aims to shed light on the impact of ongoing conflicts. It’s set to be screened at the Old Market Hall in Shrewsbury, followed by a Q&A session.



Documentary ‘Women’ Spotlights Resilience Amid Conflict, Created by Ukrainian Refugee 


A documentary highlighting the resilience of women impacted by war has been crafted by a Ukrainian refugee, Lora Arkhypenko, who, along with her daughter, fled their home in Kyiv due to the Russian invasion in February 2022.

Following the invasion, Lora found refuge with a family in Chirbury, Shropshire, later relocating to Wales. After completing her film-making studies, she embarked on “Women,” a film centered on the strength displayed by women affected by the conflict.

Inspired by her own life-altering experiences, Lora shared, “The upheaval in my life consumed my thoughts. The global events seemed insignificant as my world, and that of all Ukrainians, unexpectedly crumbled.”

Her stay in Chirbury prompted her to ponder on people’s reactions to experiences akin to hers. This contemplation led her to conceive the idea for the documentary, aiming to portray the unwavering strength of women who persist despite adversities.

“This film encapsulates authentic emotions and genuine resilience,” she emphasized.

Originally from Odesa, Lora was pursuing a film-making degree in Kyiv during the invasion. She expressed gratitude toward the compassionate family in Chirbury, who hosted her for five months before she settled in Welshpool with her daughter and continued her creative studies at Newtown College, achieving a Level 4 Diploma.

Dreaming of an Oscar, Lora perceives it as validation that she’s addressing crucial topics. “By highlighting important issues, you challenge conventional thinking, forcing people to consider uncharted territories. This is the pinnacle of success for a writer,” he confirmed.

Supported by Shropshire Council the documentary aims to offer insights into those affected by the ongoing conflict as stated by Robert Macey the council’s cabinet member for culture.

“Lora’s experiences are unfathomable for many of us and her documentary promises to be enlightening and thought-provoking,” he remarked.

“Women” is set for a screening at the Old Market Hall in Shrewsbury, followed by a Q&A session for the audience providing an opportunity to engage further with the subject matter.


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