The fall of The Soviet Union left Ukraine in a wake of social and political upheaval. The crippled economy and corrupt infrastructure produced little hope. However, a pastor and civic leader from Mariupol, Ukraine named Gennadiy Mokhnenko, made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless drug-addicted kids from streets of his city. He founded Pilgrim Republic, a children's rehabilitation centre and home for former street kids.  
 With Gennadiy’s help over the years, things seem to have changed. Mariupol is no longer crawling with homeless kids. Many credit this largely to his efforts at Pilgrim. Now, as the large majority of Ukraine leans towards a European Union inclusion, hopes of continued revitalisation seem possible. In the meantime, Gennadiy's centre has evolved into a more nebulous institution.

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Steve Hoover
Steve Hoover made his feature film directorial debut in 2013 with Blood Brother, which won both Audience and Grand Jury Award at Sundance 2013. Also that year, he had co-directed an award-winning documentary short film entitled Seven Days. Crocodile Gennadiy is Steve’s second feature. He has also had a successful career in commercial campaigns. Currently, he is a commercial director at Animal.


Steve Hoover: Director Danny Yourd: Producer John Pope: Cinematographer Terrence Malick: Executive Producer #1 Nicolas Gonda: Executive Producer #2 Michael Killen: Executive Producer #3 Kathy Dziubek: Executive Producer #4 Jim Kreitzburg: Executive Producer #5 Atticus Ross: Original Score #1 Leopold Ross: Original Score #2 Bobby Krlic: Original Score #3 George Simpson: Sound Mixer


Production year: 2015 DVD catalogue number: ART802DVD


Out now on DVD & on demand

GENRE: Documentary

DIRECTOR: Steve Hoover

Steve Hoover: Director
Danny Yourd: Producer
John Pope: Cinematographer


LANGUAGES: English, Russian




  • “This might be summer's best superhero movie”

    Cath Clarke, Time Out

  • “Fascinating... a powerful account of one man determined to make a difference in a country that is spiralling far beyond any individual's control”

    Allan Hunter, The List

  • “Eye-opening”

    Andy Psyllides, HeyUGuys

  • “A special mention has to go to the cinematography of John Pope who captures the bleakness of Ukraine beautifully, along with the score by Atticus Ross which is subtle but wholly effective.”

    Amie Cranswick, Flickering Myth

  • “Despite the nightmarish subject matter, the film is beautiful”

    Louis Catliff, The Upcoming

  • “Compelling viewing”

    Maximilian Von Thun, CineVue

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