The film under the title “Almost Holy” had been made by the titled cinematographers among whom there is Terrence Malik ( thrice Oscar nominee and the holder of” the golden palm” at Cannes). The composer Atticus Ross has got an Oscar and the most authoritative in musical circles award “Grammy”. The sound editor who worked in Mariupol for a few weeks is from the film crew of the well known movie “ Shawshank redemption” (with 7 nominees for Oscar). The director of the film – Steve Hoover is a winner of a very prestigious film festival “Sundance”.

 



Watch: Trailer For Terrence Malick Produced Documentary ‘Almost Holy’ Introduces Pastor Crocodile

Terrence Malick may not have made any new friends with this year’s "Knight Of Cups," but the fact remains that he is still a filmmaker whose name holds weight. If a deserving film reaches eyeballs solely on the strength of his name recognition, then we couldn’t be happier. READ MORE: The Curious Case Of Terrence Malick & The Worrying Cost Of Diminishing Returns Such is the case with "Almost Holy," for which Malick is on board as executive producer. Directed by Steve Hoover ("Blood Brother"), "Almost Holy" is the story about Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a Ukrainian pastor who has dedicated his life to rehabilitating drug-addicted children. Nicknamed “Pastor Crocodile,” he is also known on the streets of Mariupol as a vigilante who will do whatever it takes to carry out his mission.   You can check out the trailer for the film below. Featuring original music co-performed by Atticus Ross ("The Social Network," "Gone Girl"), "Almost Holy" will be released on May 20th.

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Almost Holy. Theatrical Review

  The most fascinating part of Steve Hoover‘s latest documentary Almost Holy is how its subject Gennadiy Mokhnenko parallels the life of well-known Russian cartoon Krokodil Gena. The latter deals with a lonely crocodile zoo worker named Gena and his friend Cheburashka: a young, abandoned creature rejected by the establishment employing him.

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Five Questions for Almost Holy Director Steve Hoover

In the early 2000s, amid political turmoil in the Ukraine, a pastor named Gennadiy Mokhnenko battled child homelessness and drug addiction using unorthodox methods. The controversial pastor abducted homeless children, many of whom suffered drug addiction, and forcibly brought them to Pilgrim Republic, a rehabilitation center he founded in the city of Mariupol.

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Almost Holy. Documentary | Bob Brown

  The Soviet Union’s collapse and transition into emerging sovereign states created a vacuum of power, employment, and basic services. Thousands of children ultimately fell into the cracks of that political earthquake. Almost Holy documents Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko’s mission to rescue Ukrainian street children from prostitution and drug addiction. “I hate many wicked things about this city, but I love it,” Mokhnenko says during an early morning jog along a wharf in the port city of Mariupol.

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Tribeca Film Festival interview: ‘CROCODILE GENNADIY’ is a modern-day superhero story.

Gennadiy Mokhnenko is a pastor in Mariupol, Ukraine. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, hundreds, if not thousands of children have become homeless and addicted to a deadly mixture of cold medicine and alcohol that they are injecting like herion. Gennadiy has taken it upon himself to rescue these children, small groups at a time and bring them to his rehabilitation center called Pilgrim Republic. An accomplished and eloquent orator, this strong headed and passionate pastor, sometimes forcibly removes children from sewers, or other filth ridden settings, to set them on the straight and narrow.

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