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ARTYOM’S UPBRINGING by Liubou Ziamtsova

edition 2018

The idea of the film „ARTYOM’S UPBRINGING” comes from the project YOUNG EUROPE 2017 


Artiom is staying in Babruysk in a special boarding school. He is a rebellious boy with a mild mental disability diagnosed and the complicated past of an orphan. A local playwright, musician and charity activist, Valeriy Mikhaylovich, has earned Artiom’s love and affection by consistently showing care for him. But because of his disability – he has lost one arm – he cannot adopt the boy. Recently, Artiom was sent far away to a facility in central Belarus where kids with the most serious mental disorders are treated. At the turn of autumn a special medical board is to decide on Artiom’s future. Valeriy Mikhaylovich is forced to continue his fight for Artiom against the insensitive bureaucratic apparatus, while the boy is trying to survive in his new environment.


Liubou Ziamtsova

born 14.05.1991 in Minsk (Belarus)


› Belorusian State Academy of Arts, documentary filmmaking (Minsk, Belarus)

› Wajda School, course DOK PRO (Warsaw, Poland)


› she has made 4 medium and short length documentaries

› realisation of photography, editing, scriptwritingFILMOGRAPHY:

› 2009 / Life in Cage (the best experimental film at IFF Sankt-Petersburg Screen (Russia))

› 2014 / About Love: Ira (screenings: IFF “Listapad” (Minsk, Belarus), IFF Astra 2014 (Sibiu, Romania))› 2014 / My folks

› 2015 / Victory Day (out of competition screening “After the Union.doc” – IFF “Art-docfest” (Moscow, Russia))

› 2016 / The Place of Love (workshops at IFF “Listapad” (Minsk, Belarus) and Ex Oriente Film Workshop (Prague, Czech Republic), pitching at Meeting Point Vilnius (Lithuania))