Donetsk, a city with a million inhabitants deep in Eastern Ukraine, is the centre of the Donbass coal basin. Here most people work for low wages in run down mines, while a few make a lot of money. No matter which side of the social divide you are on, coming from Donetsk you will almost certainly be an opponent of the Orange Revolution and a fan of the local football team, Shakhtar Donetsk. Billionaire Akhmetov invests heavily in the club, which is becoming a major European force during the football season followed by the film. Yet this sporting success funded by an oligarch’s fortune only seems to highlight the wider social and political stagnation of the region. Off the pitch, the outlook appears bleak…


IDFA 2010 First Appearance Competition

Max Ophüls Festival 2011 Doc Competition (Award for “Best Documentary”) IFF Trieste 2011 Competition

Docedge Kolkata/India 2011

Docudays UA Kiev 2011

One World Filmfestival Prague 2011

Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2011

DOK.fest Munich 2011


(Українська) Проголосувати за цей фільм

(Українська) Середній рейтинг 4.6 / 5

(Українська) Поки що голосів немає! Будьте першим, хто оцінив


About Director


Born in 1975 and based in Berlin, Jakob studied law in Cologne and Paris and European Studies in Warsaw. He performed his civilian national service in Nizhny-Novgorod, Russia, and worked in Moscow after his studies. Since 2002 – alongside his activities as a filmmaker – he has regularly worked as a freelance consultant/observer for international organisations in the field of elections. He was employed as an expert on the CIS for the human rights organization REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS in 2007/2008. Since 2007, he has also worked for the BERLINALE section

”PANORAMA“ during the festival. Jakob is fluent in Russian, English, French and Spanish. THE OTHER CHELSEA is his feature-length debut film.


THE OTHER CHELSEA – A STORY FROM DONETSK (88/54min.) HD, 2010 Author & Director

THE UNBURIED WAR – SREBRENICA, A DECADE ON (59min) DV, 2005, Author, Director & Producer TORN IRAN – YOUNG PEOPLE’S WORLDS IN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC (53min) DV, 2003 Author, Director & Producer




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The show begins 28 September in 08:00 and ends 28 September in 23:59.