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Searching for Daniil Ivanow by Kasia Rastockaja

edition 2021


The film spans over 100 years and dates back to 1917. It is the story of the Manko-Ivanov family – grandfather, father, son and grandson. Their lives were ruined by the Soviets and Bolsheviks.

Grandfather (Daniil) was arrested for participating in the anti-Bolshevik peasant war in 1939 and disappeared without a trace. Father (Longin) was in Gulag and miraculously escaped execution. Son (Gennady) fought in Afghanistan and only the grandson (Anton) lives the ordinary life of modern youth: writes music and hangs out with friends. However, family riddles haunt him, too.

The Manko-Ivanovs finally decide to find an answer to the question of what happened to Daniil after the arrest. Was he executed? Imprisoned? Or maybe he managed to escape?

They follow in Daniil's footsteps day by day, but will they be able to find out the truth?


Kasia Rastockaja

born on July 17 in Belarus.


› Journalism at the Belarusian State University, specialization - literary editing | 2004
› Internship at the Leon Schiller Polish National Film, Television and Theater School in Łódź | 2020


› Editor at the Media Professional Union production company
› Journalist in Capital TV (Minsk)
› Correspondent and presenter of Radio-Minsk


Serzhuk Dolgushev: Where we are? Dze we? | 2020
My Greek Brother | 2020
Present | 2019
Yellow flowers | 2019
The Boy from Pagos | 2018
The Church on a Cross, award at the 31st International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival „KSF Niepokalana 2019” in Warsaw | 2018
Translator, diploma „For the relevance of the subject” at Pokrov festival in Kiev | 2018