On February 9, Olena Andreicheva and Carol Dysinger received the statuettes for their Afghan documentary "Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)", which won the Academy Award in the Best Documentary Short Subject category.
The documentary tells about a class of young girls from disadvantaged neighborhoods in war-torn Kabul who learn to read and write and grow together in confidence through the joy of skateboarding.
The documentary's producer is Ukraine-native Olena Andreicheva, who was born in Kyiv and now lives in London.
She has been working in the field of documentary film and television development since 2006.
"We are so grateful to the Academy for recognizing LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) with a nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject. In war or peacetime, in Kabul or Kyiv, giving girls the opportunity to learn and flourish is not a luxury - it is a human right," Andreicheva wrote on her Instagram page.
As we reported earlier, the main rattler of 92nd Oscar awards ceremony was the triumph of Parasites, the film of South Korean director Bong Joon-ho who won in the Achievement in Cinematography nomination.
It is the first time ever that the foreign picture won the main award of the world's most prestigious film festival.