Teen Angst

What does it feel like to grow up in times of war? In a documentary film they developed themselves, nine young Ukrainian women provide a unique insight into their lives - into everyday life in a state of emergency.  

As a documentary film project, nine young Ukrainians tell their story in "Teen Angst". The young women, some of whom have fled to other countries and some of whom live in Ukraine, become co-authors of their own lives: how much is left for oneself when fear for family and fellow human beings, when death, separation and trauma are omnipresent?  

Deutschlandfunk Kultur reports on the project and the preview of the documentary film in Berlin: listen in!

The second preview followed in July at Kaņepes Kultūras centrs in Riga, Latvia. We regularly share insights with you about the project on Instagram!   


The "Teen Angst" project, which is being implemented by three organisations (TU Mariupol/Ukraine, Kaņepes Kultūras centrs/Latvia, bridgeworks/Germany), aims to address the complex emotions of Ukrainian young people both in Ukraine and in the diaspora: "Teen Angst" attempts to offer psychotherapeutic and creative support for life in a new context, in a new environment or culture in order to strengthen the expression and resilience of the participants.

The project focuses on shared experiences and challenges that are channelled into artistic forms of expression: The first phase comprises a digital three-month course stay for 10 young people accompanied by director Inga Pylypchuk. The second phase will take the participants to Berlin and Riga for the film preview and a week-long art lab with workshops.

inga pylypchuk

Inga Pylypchuk, born in Kyiv, Ukraine, lives and works as a documentary filmmaker and journalist in Berlin. She studied German and Modern Greek in Kyiv and Comparative Literature, Journalism and Documentary Film in Berlin. As a teenager, she obsessively wrote diaries, which allowed her to remember herself quite well in the ages between 16 and 20. Thanks to this passion, she also ended up writing articles for German media, often about her personal perspectives.

She also makes films about herself and the world she lives in, like her recent work “How Far Is Close”, which tells the story of her relationship with her mom, who had to move from Kyiv to Berlin due to Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine. Inga has experience in leading workshops for young people on autobiographical writing and filmmaking, including projects of the Goethe Institute and the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin.

"Teen Angst" is funded by Culture Helps / Культура допомагає, the Global Fund for Children, Bezirksamt Neukölln and the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk. 

“Culture Helps / Культура допомагає” is a project co-funded by the European Union under adedicated call for proposals to support Ukrainian displaced people and the Ukrainian Cultural and Creative Sectors. The project is a cooperation between Insha Osvita (UA) and zusa (DE).

Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

at a glance

Platform TU aus Mariupol, bridgeworks from Berlin/Cologne and Kaņepes Kultūras centrs from Riga are organizing the "Teen Angst" video project about how you feel. Yes, you!  


29 June 2024 

Nansenstraße 22
12047 Berlin 

3 July 2024

Kaņepes Kultūras centrs
Skolas iela 15