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Ksenia Okhapkina (Russia)

Ksenia Okhapkina, born in 1989, is a Russian documentary film director. She graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Film and TV in 2012. Since 2014, she has collaborated with the Estonian producer Riho Västrik and his film studio Vesilind.

Her first documentary produced in Vesilind, “Come Back Free”, won IDFA Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary in 2016. “Come Back Free” is a poetic documentary about life in a war-torn Chechen village with local cemetery as its symbolic focal point. With her previous work, Ksenia has shown her ability to capture “the poetic in the pro- fane”. She avows to the meaningfulness of a single frame and has strong commitment to composition.


  • Surematu
  • Come Back Free
  • Red
  • In the Beginning Was… The Cube
  • The Night Performance
  • Liudians
  • The Smoke
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