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Directed by Steve Hoover
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 97 Minutes World Premiere
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine's social and political institutions faced massive change, including an increasingly corrupt government and crippled infrastructure. A number of the nation's youth wound up homeless and addicted to a lethal cocktail of injected cold medicine and alcohol. In the early 2000s a pastor from Mariupol named Gennadiy Mokhnenko took up the fight against child homelessness by forcibly abducting street kids and bringing them to his Pilgrim Republic rehabilitation center—the largest organization of its kind in the former Soviet Union. Gennadiy's ongoing efforts and unabashedly tough love approach to his city's problems has made him a folk hero for some, and a lawless vigilante to others. Despite criticism, Gennadiy is determined to continue his work.

Using gripping footage that follows the self-appointed savior's mission over the course of fifteen years, interspersing imagery from a popular Soviet animated TV show, Crocodile Gennadiy is a bold and captivating portrait of a man fighting to change Ukraine for the better, as its place in a tense political landscape hangs in the balance. Executive produced by Terrence Malick.

—Ian Hollander
Drama, Thriller, Documentary
About the Director(s)
Steve Hoover made his feature film directorial debut with Blood Brother, which won Audience and Grand Jury Awards at Sundance in 2013. The same year, he co-directed an award-winning documentary short film, Seven Days. Crocodile Gennadiy is Hoover’s second feature.

Film Info
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    97 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Russian
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Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Steve Hoover
  • Screenwriter:
    Steve Hoover
  • Producer:
    Danny Yourd
  • Editor:
    Steve Hoover
  • Cinematographer:
    John Pope
  • Executive Producer:
    Terrence Mallick, Nicolas Gonda, Michael Killen, Kathy Dziubek, Jim Kreitzburg
  • Composer:
    Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, Bobby Krlic
  • Sound Design/Mix:
    Defacto Sound
  • Production Company:
    Animal (

  • Print Source
    Danny Yourd
    Animal Media Group
    Pittsburgh, 15222
    Phone: 412 566 5656
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    Abby Davis
    Preferred Content
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Phone: 323 782 9193
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    Brooke Blumberg
    Sunshine Sachs
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Phone: 323 822 9300
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    Annie Roney
    Ro*co Films
    Sausalito, CA 94965
    Phone: 415 332 6471 ext.200


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