The documentary profiling Veronika Kozhukhariova was for me, an inspirational film. Ms. Kozhukhariova literally beat the odds. Although, she spent her earliest years in an orphanage, she was taken in by a foster family, where her amazing talent as a saxophonist was recognized and through personal sacrifice and the sacrifice of her family, she studied in Moscow, Paris and has become a premier musician. It is a film which shows that the best investment that anyone can make, is in another person. I would have loved to know more about the foster family which took in over the years quite a number of children. I hope that the film encourages more people to become foster parents and/or adopt.
Ms. Kozhukhariova is a private person, who seems to best express herself through her music and contrary to a personal statement which she made in the film, I believe that she would be an awesome jazz musician. She has the passion, intensity and sensitivity for it. The film travels with her to Moscow for a concert (was I the only one who wanted to slap that snobby pianist?), to Paris including an interesting tour of a French saxophone manufacturer, to Kyiv for a concert and with her to a visit home to Simferopol. She is shown performing, rehearsing, relaxed with her family and consumate professional interacting with her fellow musicians. Very little does she mention about her early life in the orphanage and with just one reminiscing story, it becomes clear why she does not want to talk about it. Who can blame her?
I applaud Ms. Fetysova for bringing this story to the screen. It is important that it be told. It is awesome to see an upbeat film from Ukraine. And I hope to listen to Ms. Kozhukhariova either via cd or in concert.