The anthem “Silent night” fills the hotel lobby. In the distance, the hollow rumblings of bombing can be heard. It is Christmas in Donetsk, the stronghold in the rebel held territory of Eastern-Ukraine. Ever since the Russian backed rebels took control over this territory in the beginning of 2014, more than 10.000 people have been killed and nearly two million people have been displaced. Shops are closed, much of the industry has been shut down and the inhabitants that haven’t taken up arms are left without a job. The society has come to a standstill, in a war between east and west – between culture and power.
Kyrre Lien is a documentarist living in Oslo, Norway. Named by Forbes as one of 30 young media entrepreneurs defining news and content in 2017, he has received numerous awards, including Picture of the Year in Norway in 2014