Ukraine / OmeU / 76 min / Documentary / 2021

Roses. Film-Cabaret

A tragicomic musical documentary exploring the heights of the cabaret genre in the modern
world, following the seven female artists of the intellectual freak cabaret ‘Dakh Daughters
Band’. Zooming in on each of the artists one by one, we discover 7 roles, 7 images of
femininity, 7 ways to be oneself, 7 mottos to live by.
Living through a pivotal moment in the history of their country, the Maidan Revolution of
2014, art became a way for the Dakh Daughters to reflect upon those events and face the
harsh reality of today’s Ukraine with wisdom and hope. This political cabaret draws its magic

from combining the joie de vivre and the horror of the devastating war — even if we don’t
see it yet, its shadow was always there, darkened by the bright stage lights.

Director: Irena Stetsenko

Cinematography: Serhiy Stetsenko

Editing: Mykola Bazarkin

Music: Dakh Daughters Band

With: Dakh Daughters, Vlad Troitskyi, Rusiana Khazipova

Irena Stetsenko

In 2000 Irena Stetsenko graduated from Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University, receiving a diploma in Sound Directing. Worked as a sound producer and sound designer with TV stations, documentary film productions, and musicians. Since 2013, she has been fully attached to the Freak Cabaret Dakh Daughters Band as a sound producer and a director of their music documentary video-stories. In 2017 graduated from Serhiy Bukovsky Film Program on Directing Documentary Film. Her debut feature documentary ROSES. FILM-CABARET was introduced at DOCUDAYS UA in March 2021 and had its international premiere at Sheffield DocFest, festival distribution currently ongoing.


2021 Roses. Film-Cabaret