Recovery Room

Multi-award winning Feature Documentary “Recovery Room”


The powerful, multi-award winning Canadian feature documentary film “Recovery Room” directed by Adriana Luhovy has been recently released, making a significant contribution to bringing further public awareness of the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine.  It tells the story of Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine and the humanitarian Canadian Medical Missions to Ukraine to help make a difference in the lives of wounded Ukrainian soldiers.  The documentary, filmed at the Main Military Clinical Hospital in Kyiv, follows the journey of dedicated Canadian health professionals working alongside Ukrainian doctors and nurses.  By means of interviews, unique stock shots and photos, “Recovery Room” shows the scars and psychological trauma of war and the resilience and courage in defense of a nation’s right to freedom and independence.  Gripping war footage accentuates the war’s impact on the soldiers, with original visual material being offered by Ukrainian combatants, taken from the frontlines. The Canadian Medical Missions were organized by the Canada Ukraine Foundation, coordinated by Victor Hetmanczak and his team

The documentary took three years of production. Filming first began when Adriana was invited by the Canada-Ukraine Foundation to join the team of the Canadian Medical Mission to Ukraine as photographer of the Mission.  She noticed news channels would come and go but not capture the real depth of all that was occurring. Adriana began to film and interview, as well as continue to photograph. The documentary is produced by Yurij Luhovy.

“Recovery Room” has won ten international awards including for best Woman Filmmaker and Foreign Feature, best Editing, best Music Score, and Award of Merit for best Documentary Feature.  The documentary is under the patronage of the Ukrainian World Congress.

Comments about the documentary include, “best documentary on the Revolution of Dignity and its aftermath”, Lesia Chyczij, and “an important piece of work! Shows the truth about Russian aggression in Ukraine”, Nadia Vozdigan, Embassy of Ukraine in Canada, first secretary.

The documentary, a story of hope, resilience and compassion in a time of war, is being screened in Canada and U.S.

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Photo: Filmmaker Adriana Luhovy with Dr. Oleh Antonyshyn, head of medical mission.


Photo During filming in Kyiv: Adriana Luhovy, director of “Recovery Room” with Victor Hetmanczuk, CUF president, Ambassador Roman Waschuk, and Serhiy Kasyanchuk, UWC Kyiv bureau.


Photo: Prof. Orest Cap, director, Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, University of Manitoba, presenting Award for the film to Adriana Luhovy.