A YEAR FULL OF DRAMA / DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
A young woman takes on an audacious human experiment while trying to find her place in the world.
An announcement for a human experiment is posted - for a paid position to find someone who has never been to theatre before. The task – to watch and review every theatre production in one small country for a whole year. A 21-year-old small town girl Alissija is hired. Coming from the periphery and a Russian-speaking family, she knows nothing about performing arts, yet she decides to take on the challenge of moving to the capital and immersing herself into an outrageous amount of culture. In this new situation, her view of the world starts to expand and as months pass, they invite questions of identity, self and her place in the society. Alissija realises she has no option but to face traumas of the past to redefine herself and a future worth surviving for. Putting the main character through 224 shows in 365 days, “A Year Full of Drama” serves as a true coming of age story, testing the human limit of consuming culture and asking whether art has the power to change a life.
The film premiered in late 2019 and has been selected to Docs Against Gravity, BAFICI and Sydney Film Festival among others.