Director: Steve Hoover
Year of production: 2015
Duration: 97 min
The fall of The Soviet Union left Ukraine in facing social and political upheaval. However, a pastor and civic leader from Mariupol Hennadiy Mokhnenko made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless drug-addicted kids from the streets of his city. He founded Pilgrim Republic, a children's rehabilitation center and home for former street kids. With his help over the years, Mariupol is no longer crawling with homeless kids. Many credit this largely to his efforts at Pilgrim. In the meantime, Hennadiy's center has evolved into a more nebulous institution.
Steve Hoover made his feature film directorial debut in 2013 with Blood Brother, which won both the Audience and Grand Jury Award at Sundance 2013. Also that year, he co-directed an award-winning documentary short film entitled Seven Days. Almost Holy is Steve’s second feature. Hoover has also had a successful career in commercial campaigns. Currently, he is a commercial director at Animal.
2015 – The Halekulani Golden Orchid for Best Documentary at the Hawaii International Film Festival; 2015 – Best Documentary at Little Rock Film Festival; 2015 – Grand Prix for Best Documentary at Artdocfest;
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