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Birth of an Artist

Directed by Natasha Babenko

Short Documentary
Ukraine| 16 min | 2015

The Birth of an Artist follows handicapped 17 year old Dasha as she lives her ordinary day: waking up, taking bath, dressing up, eating, playing with her little brother and finally doing what she does the best – painting with her toes. Dasha, native of Sumy, Ukraine, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth. Fortunately, her brain cells were not damaged which gave her an opportunity to communicate with her family, learn about the world and develop the talent for painting. Dasha’s day is full of pain and physical struggle but she manages to focus on her artistic work and fully emerge herself into the world full of love and hope despite very hard living conditions. Narrated by her loving, supporting mother Dasha’s story reveals amazing but also sad moments of the young artist’s life. The opening of Dasha’s 6Th personal exhibition marks the culmination of the tremendous efforts and love for artistic creation the emerging artist has put into her inspirational and thought provoking work.

The Birth of an Artist - Nataliya BabenkoNatasha Babenko
Director, Producer, Writer

Writer, director, producer Natasha Babenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine. After obtaining Master degrees in linguistics and international public relations, she embarked on the journey of exploring the world. She traveled extensively, lived and worked on 3 different continents before starting her artistic career. In 2012 Natasha Babenko was accepted to NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Film program. During the program she discovered her passion for documentary filmmaking. “The Birth of an Artist” is her first documentary film. The story about disabled Ukrainian girl who manages to live a life of a prolific artist is an exploration of human potential and determination.

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Film Information

Director: Natasha Babenko
Country: Ukraine
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 16 min


Producers: Natasha Babenko
Original Music/Composer:
Oscar Schuster
Cinematographer: Natasha Babenko
Nadegda Kozlova and Natasha Babenko

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