After Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, over 15 million people were forced to evacuate their home country to seek refuge in Poland and nearby regions. In the Rearview takes viewers in the backseat of filmmaker Maciek Hamela‘s car as he picks up families and takes them out of the war zone. The subjects in this documentary are people who are leaving everything that they know and love behind, whether it is a beloved cow or a family member who can’t make it on a long trip. Without much footage of the war itself, the firsthand accounts from the passengers in the car are enough to paint a picture of the terrors that they’ve endured and their need to find a better place to stay.
Maciek Hamela’s sensitive documentary In the Rearview accompanies the families feeling the war in Ukraine. Read on for our review.