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Anna Sirota - Script Writer and Narrator

I never had the idea of making films until one day I met David Kinsella and he said ‘Let us try and make something different!’ So I said yes, and for the next 9 years we produced the trilogy “The children of Perestroika“ the 1st generation of Russians that were born and grew up after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Today, I work as the chief editor of Moscow edition of Metro International. I have worked as a newspaper journalist in Saint Petersburg Russia for the last 12 years, so I have seen a lot. But this story, I mean ‘Killing girls’ has a very special place in my heart.

When I discovered what was happening with these really young girls, I was totally shocked. Not just because this was so painful and cruel, but also because I could not understand how easy it is to give and to take lives, how mechanical the whole abortion process looks.

I had this need to find out how all this is happening. What all these people are thinking. May be it was my professional curiosity, or may be my sad personal experiences. The project started to become an obsession. Maybe I was trying "to excuse" away my sins… I still have no answers. We spent 7 years making Killing girls, and in the end it became the story of my life, my family, my hopes and expectations.

Killing girls is the most honest story about women and their choices. Killing Girls is my life; every word in the film comes from the bottom of my heart.

I am sure you will have a lot of questions after you watch the film. You will be thrown back and forward from hate to love. Also I am warning you all. This film is not entertaining. This is a hard work. But being Russian I can say this. When your soul is working it makes you a better person. This is a one out of millions reasons to watch Killing girls. The other 999,999 you have to discover your self.


David Kinsella - Producer and Director

"Coming from Belfast, I grew up with death and destruction, so in my work I will always want to find something positive, some humanity, a meaning to life, even in the most devastating sad stories."

A Documentary film will always be a reflection of the Director as a person. I have watched and heard the most frightening events during the production of this film. Killing Girls is my interpretation of how I coped with the subject.

Killing Girls is by far my most difficult and important film I believe I will ever make because it is so controversial. It is not just a story about abortion; it is about teenagers who abort up to and over 7 months of pregnancy.

Killing Girls has also been my most difficult film to produce, mainly because it was next to impossible to find finance. Abortion is a topic that I feel is a “taboo” subject, a subject that we should not talk about. Everybody was telling me that I could not show this or that! NO; NO; NO! I was being suffocated by all the negative criticism towards our film. So I decided to make a film straight from my heart and soul and forget all the negative reactions.

I grew up with the troubles in my home country of Northern Ireland, so when I moved to Norway, I decided to find a positive meaning to life, even in the most tragic story. At times I felt totally helpless during the filming, the screaming from the hospital are tattooed on my soul, the sound of a baby crying during the abortion. I was totally shocked.

Killing girls is a non-Pro life or Pro-choice film. I have worked as a documentary photographer and filmmaker all my life. I show you the facts! You decide what is right or wrong.

David Kinsella. Was born and grew up in Belfast Northern Ireland. In 1981 I won the Northern Ireland Press Photographer of the year, at the age of 16. In 1991 he moved to Norway. During his career he has won a total of 58 major national and international awards for his documentary work as a photographer, and filmmaker, this included four times Press Photographer of the year in Norway and three times Press Photographer of the year in Ireland. In 2006 my first documentary film Love letters from a children’s prison was nominated by the American Film Institute for Best feature length documentary film. Love letters from a children’s prison was the most successful Norwegian documentary in 2006. 2008 my film A Beautiful Tragedy was nominated for an Amanda (Norwegian Oscar) for best documentary.

Also in 2008 I was also awarded the Norwegian filmmakers scholarship for my creative approach to documentary filmmaking. At present I am working on a full length documentary/fiction children’s film called “The last Sámi girl”, and on a short fiction/documentary film called “The screening room “.

Killing Girls is by far my most important film. Already the pilot of the film on youtube.com has already received thousands of comments. To this date my project pilots have over 3 million subscribers around the world.

Killing Girls is David Kinsella Productions AS first independent project.


David Kinsella’s Film Festivals, nominations, and awards:

2009 Pärnu International Documentary Film Festival. Beautiful Tragedy nominated for best International film.
2009 World film Tartu Festival of visual culture Estonia. Beautiful Tragedy nominated for best International film.
2009 Bergamo Film Meeting Int. film festival Italy. Beautiful Tragedy nominated for best International film.
2008 1st International Festival of Television Programs and Films "Northern Character " Murmansk, Russia. Special award in Directing Excellence, A Beautiful Tragedy
2008 Filmfest Eberswalde Germany A beautiful tragedy nominated for best International film.
2008. 50th Nordic Film Days Lübeck Germany. A beautiful tragedy nominated for best International film.
2008 Reykjavík International Film Festival A beautiful tragedy nominated for best International film.
2008 Nominated for the 2008 Norwegian Amanda for best documentary
2008 Golden Chest festival Bulgaria A beautiful tragedy nominated for best International film
2008 The North Cape Film Festival Norway. A beautiful tragedy nominated for best International film
2008 Norwegian State Film artist stipend
2008 Volda Documentary International festival. A beautiful tragedy nominated for best International film
2008 Grimstad short film festival.A beautiful tragedy nominated for best International film
2008 Galway Fleadh International festival. A beautiful tragedy nominated for best International film
2008 Kosmorama – Trondheim International Film Festival A beautiful tragedy nominated for best International film
2008 Tromsø International festival. A beautiful tragedy nominated for best International film
2006 Yara and Care International. National Stills Photo competition . David Kinsella 1st and 3rd Place
2006 Love letters, Nominated for the Norwegian State Human rights award for best Documentary
2006 Signis Unicef International Film festival ” Facing Children”. Romania. Love Letters ”Special award” for best International film.
2006. 48th Nordic Film Days Lübeck Germany. Love Letters nominated for best Doc.
2006 Signis Unicef International Film festival ” Facing Children”. Romania. Love Letters nominated for best International film.
2006 Calgary International film festival. Love letters nominated for best International film
2006, Filmtältet, Malmö Sweden. Love letters nominated for best documentary.
2006 Dokufest International film festival Kosovo. Love letters from a children's prison. Special merit award.
2006 Stranger than Fiction Documentary Film Festival, Irish film institute nominates Love Letters for best International documentary
2006 Buster Copenhagen International film festival. Love Letters from a Children’s Prison, nominated for best international film documentary.
2006 Dokufest Int, film festival Kosovo. Love letters nominated for best International documentary film
2006 Parnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival, Estonia. Love letters nominated for best film.
2006. Grimstad The Norwegian documentary film festival. Love letters. Special Merit award.
2006 Festival of festivals St Petersburg Russia, Love Letters from a Children’s Prison international competition.
2006 Silverdocs Official AFI selection, Love Letters from a Children’s Prison feature length film documentary competition.
2006 53rd Belgrade International film festival FIPRESCI Film critic award for best film for Love Letters from a Children’s Prison.
2006 Official competition selection Grimstad Short film festival Love Letters from a Children’s Prison
2006 “Time to Live” International film festival in St Petersburg Russia 1st place, Documentary of the year, Love letters from a Children's Prison
2006 Official competition selection ”Time to Live” International film festival St Petersburg, Russia.
2006 Official competition selection. Love Letters from a Children’s Prison. United Nations Geneva International Festival on Human Rights.
2006 Official competition selection. Love Letters from a Children’s Prison. Belgrade International Documentary and Short Film Festival
2006 Official competition selection Love Letters from a Children’s Prison, Gøteborg International Film Festival
2006 Special Merit award ” Films from the North” Tromsø International Film Festival ( Love Letters from a Children’s Prison, (Finished version )
2003 2nd Place for Best film at the European 1st Documentary 2003 France ( Love Letters from a Children’s Prison, (rough cut) )
2003 Public prize for Best film at the European 1st Documentary 2003 France ( Love Letters from a Children’s prison (rough cut))
2002 United Nations ”Norway” Exhibition New York.
2002 Helge Hummevol scholarship University Missouri USA
2000 1st Place Documentary Press photographer of the year Ireland
2000 1st Place in The Great Picture Contest, USA. (The world's largest photo contest.)
2000 Press Photographer of the year A-pressen, Norway.
1999 2nd Place in The Great Picture Contest, USA.
1999 Press Photographer of the year A-pressen, Norway.
1999 Norwegian Press photographer of the year 3rd Place Sports story.
1999 Eircell Press Photographer of the year 2nd place People picture
1998 Fuji European Press Picture of the year
1998 Fuji Press Photographer of the year in Norway.
1998 2nd Place in The Great Picture Contest…
1998 Eircell Press Photographer of the year 1st Place Picture story.
1997 Eircell Press Photographer of the year 2nd Place Picture story.
1995 Press Photographer of the year A-pressen, Norway.

 
 
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