Porcelain War


The Main 2 Thu, Apr 18 5:00 PM
Pop's Art Theater Rochester Fri, Apr 19 7:00 PM
The Main 3 Wed, Apr 24 7:15 PM
Film Info
Festival Programs:Documentaries
Documentary Competition
The Creative Life
Release Year:2024
Runtime:87 min
Print Source:Imaginary Lane
Human Rights
Guest Attending
Director:Brendan Bellomo
Slava Leontyev
Executive Producer:Al Hicks
Luke Mazzaferro
Rob Galluzzo
Linda A. Cornfield
David J. Cornfield
Sheri Sobrato
Jeffrey Sobrato
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini
Andrea Cayton
Garrett Cayton
Ginny Jordan
Georgia Welles
Robina Riccitiello
Josh Peters
James Balog
Joe Barnathan
Kevin Marciano
Producer:Aniela Sidorska
Paula DuPre’ Pesmen
Camilla Mazzaferro
Olivia Ahnemann
Cinematographer:Andrey Stefanov
Screenwriter:Aniela Sidorska
Brendan Bellomo
Paula DuPre’ Pesmen
Slava Leontyev
Editor:Brendan Bellomo
Aniela Sidorska
Kelly Cameron


Co-Director Brendan Bellomo Attending 4/18 Screening

Amidst the chaos and destruction of the brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine, three artists defiantly find inspiration and beauty as they defend their culture and their country. In a war waged by professional soldiers against ordinary civilians, Slava Leontyev, Anya Stasenko and Andrey Stefanov choose to stay behind, armed with their art, their cameras and, for the first time in their lives, their guns.

Despite daily shelling, Anya finds resistance and purpose in her art, Andrey takes the dangerous journey to get his young family to safety abroad, and Slava becomes a weapons instructor for ordinary people who have become unlikely soldiers. As the war intensifies, Andrey picks up his camera to film their story, and on tiny porcelain figurines, Anya and Slava capture their idyllic past, uncertain present and hope for the future.

Co-directed by Leontyev and Brendan Bellomo, with extraordinary footage from first-time cinematographer Stefanov, Porcelain War embodies the passion and fight that only an artist can put back into the world when it’s crumbling around them.