Iron Butterflies

Ukraine, Germany | 84min | 2023

In summer 2014, sunflower fields and coal mines in eastern Ukraine turn into a 12 square kilometers crime scene. A multi-layered investigation into the downing of flight MH17, in which a butterfly-shaped shrapnel found in the pilot’s body implicated the state responsible for a war crime that remains unpunished.


director: Roman Liubyi
authors: Roman Liubyi, Mila Zhluktenko
cinematographer: Andrii Kotliar
editor: Roman Liubyi, Mila Zhluktenko
producer: Andrii Kotliar, Volodymyr Tykhyy (Babylon’13)
co-producer: David Armati Lechner, Isabelle Bertolone, Trini Götze (Trimafilm)
sound: Andrii Rohachov
production Design: Volodymyr Liubiy
music: Anton Baibakov, Oleksandra Morozova


Sundance 2023 – World Cinema Documentary Competition, USA
73. Berlinale – Panorama, Germany
25. Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival – Film Forward, Greece
Movies that matter 2023 – Competition, Netherlands
Hot Docs 2023 – “Made in Ukraine” Program, Canada
Int. DOK.fest München 2023 – DOK.focus: POWER OF MEDIA?, Germany



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