Mila Zhluktenko, born in Kyiv, Ukraine, studies documentary film directing at the University of Television and Film Munich. Her films have been screened and awarded at numerous international festivals, including IDFA, San Sebastian Film Festival, MoMa DocFortnight and Dok Leipzig, where her film OPERA GLASSES was awarded the Golden Dove. Her film ARALKUM (co-directed with Daniel Asadi Faezi) won the award for best international short film at Visions du Réel in Nyon. Also co-directed with Daniel Asadi Faezi and in cooperation with the Ukrainian collective Babylon’13, Mila Zhluktenko directed her latest short film WAKING UP IN SILENCE, which was awarded the Jury Special Prize for Best International Shortfilm at Generation KPlus Competition at the 73. Berlinale.
    In addition, Mila Zhluktenko also works as an editor on, among others, the feature-length film IRON BUTTERFLIES, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

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