Zoya LAKTIONOVA was born in 1984 in Mariupol in a working class family. Zoya first appeared in the world of documentary cinema as a character in the film Ma (10’) in 2017; one year later she made her first short documentary Diorama (12’) about the mined sea at the Mariupol area. The film won an award in the MyStreetFilms category at the “86” festival (Ukraine) in 2018, has been shown at numerous European film festivals (DOKLeipzig, Ji.Hlava, Cottbus etc.), and was released in cinemas in Ukraine in 2019. In 2021, Zoya premiered her new short Territory of Empty Windows (10’) at DocuDays UA (International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival), and showed it in cinemas at Molodist IFF in Kyiv, received a special award from the Ji.Hlava Festival at the Obirok 2021 Festival, and the main award at the documentary competition of the French-Ukrainian Festival MIST 2021. Before the start of the full-scale war of Russia against Ukraine (24/02/22), Zoya lived in Kyiv and worked as an independent artist and documentary filmmaker. In her films, she touches on issues of war, memory, and personal stories.