Armed Lullaby

Ein Kriegswiegenlied
In the 1993 Abkhazian civil war, Georgian children and their families are forced to flee their home town, Sokhumi. Escaping war, they head into the unknown. In this poetic animated photo collage, Yana Ugrekhelidze depicts the children's terrifying experiences while acknowledging their longing for warmth and safety. She crafts images of the unspeakable which demand a closer look at the children’s suffering.
by Yana Ugrekhelidze
with Lev Shuster, Anastasia Schwegler, Ričard Liepinš, Giorgi Gedevanidze
Germany 2019 Without dialogue 9’ Colour empfohlen ab 12 Jahren


  • Lev Shuster (Child)
  • Anastasia Schwegler (Child)
  • Ričard Liepinš (Child)
  • Giorgi Gedevanidze (Child)


Written and Directed by Yana Ugrekhelidze
Animation Yana Ugrekhelidze
Animation Supervisor Sabina Rollberg, Katrin Laur, Stephanie Beaugrand
Visual Effects Saeyun Jung, Hannah Rosh, Arseniy Shuster
Character Design Alexander Skorobogatov, Diana Menestrey
Music Tbilisi State Opera Solist's Chor "Suliko"
Sound Design Gerald Schauder
Sound Mixing Judith Nordbrock
Colour Correction Fabiana Cardalda
Production Design Julia Dudenko
Producer Yana Ugrekhelidze

Produced by

Kunsthochschule für Medien

Yana Ugrekhelidze

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1984. After graduating with a degree in translation in Georgia, she took a bachelor in communication design at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf and a diploma in film and animation at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Her first animated film, Summer Story, premiered at the 2017 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and was a semi-finalist in the Student Academy Awards. Her graduation film, Armed Lullaby, premiered in Generation. In 2019, she founded the Fortis Fem Film production company. Instructions for Survival is her debut feature-length film.

Filmography (short films)

2017 Summer Story; animation 2019 Armed Lullaby (Ein Kriegswiegenlied); animation 2021 Instructions for Survival; documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021