Broadcast commercial-free Tuesday, February 21st at 10:05 ET/PT The documentary, which runs for one hour, explores the powerful fears and amazing resilience of millions upon millions of teenage refugees. Ukraine


NEW YORK, Feb. 6,  2023 /PRNewswire/ – MTV today announced a new documentary called “The New MTV” Don’t leave me behind: Stories of young Ukrainian SurvivalMTV’s premier commercial-free show,. Tuesday, February 21st at 10 PM ETIn recognition of the 1st anniversary of Russia’s Invasion Ukraine.

Invasion triggered a mass exodus to Ukraine of 5.15 million civilians fleeing. Poland — half of them teenagers or younger – filmmaker Nathaniel Lezra Viewers just miles away from the Observer UkrainePoland Border, where he documents the lives of teenage Ukrainian refugees as they deal with the trauma of being forced from their homeland and separated from their fathers who are fighting in the war.

Don’t leave me behind: Stories of young Ukrainian Survival Highlights two teenage stars Oleksra “Sasha” Kunitska, 18, and Daria “Dasha” Unger, 15, As they attempt to find some normalcy in their new lives, Poland Through volunteering, mental health support and family and friends, they can keep their hope alive for their loved ones, their homeland, and their future.

  • SashaThe former student of dance in Korea had dreams. He now teaches classes to refugees and works in a humanitarian center collecting and distributing resources, as well as translating.

  • DashaShe shares her horror at the invasion’s first morning with others. She attends group therapy along with other displaced teens, many of whom are forced to stay in by their fathers. Ukraine Fighting.

  • Ekaterina “Katya” Trofimenko, 32, As a refugee and Ukrainian psychologist, she provides psychosocial support for the thousands of children fleeing Ukraine. She also developed and oversees Dasha’s group in the local organization Your Development Foundation. The teenagers are able to see Katya interact with them, as her own stories of war allow her to process their experiences.

“As the world celebrates the one-year anniversary Russia’s Invasion brutale of Ukraine, we sought to shine a light on the enormity of the human impact of this war, particularly among the millions of young people who have fled their country,”  said Nina L. Diaz, President of Content and Chief Creative Officer, Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios. “It is an honor to share their stories. Through the thoughtful lens Nathaniel Lezra shows their incredible resilience in addressing mental health, supporting their loved one, and finding hope and a way forward.

“The film is intended to draw attention to young refugees, who are often forgotten in war coverage. These are people who have lived in war’s shadow for a large part of their lives and whose identities have been permanently altered. Russia’s Nathaniel Lezra said that aggression was his favorite subject. “It was an honor to spend time with these young, resilient and inspiring people. I am grateful to MTV and their shared commitment to sharing their stories and encouraging more support.

MTV and Choose Love have partnered to allow viewers to show support for young people who have been affected by the war in Afghanistan. Ukraine. You can find out more and take steps to help viewers by visiting

Don’t leave me behind: Stories of young Ukrainian Survival is executive produced by Nina L. Diaz, Lily Neumeyer, Benjamin Hurvitz Pamela A. Aguilar MTV. MTV. Malcolm Bird serves as executive producer. Kateryna Gaidaka, a designer from Lithuania and visual artist, designed the logo. Kyiv (Ukraine).

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