With the invasion triggering a mass exodus of 5.15 million Ukrainian civilians fleeing to Poland — half of them teenagers or younger – filmmaker Nathaniel Lezra brings viewers just miles from the Ukraine-Poland border where he chronicles the lives of Ukrainian teenage refugees as they process the unimaginable trauma of being displaced from their country and separated from their fathers fighting the war at home.


Don’t Leave Me Behind: Stories of Young Ukrainian Survival highlights two teenagers Oleksandra "Sasha" Kunitska, 18, and Dasha Unger, 15, in their new lives as they try to find normalcy in Poland - through volunteering work, mental health support, family and friendships - while maintaining hope for their families left behind, home country and their own futures.

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