Hanna Polak
Hanna Polak
Auteur-director Hanna Polak has an Oscar and Emmy nominations under her belt for “Children of Leningradsky” and the Producer Guild of America nomination for “Something Better To Come”, amongst many other awards and accolades.
Date of birth
Sinjar, Northern Iraq, 2014: Hanifa, a young Yezidi woman, miraculously survives the ISIS attack on the Yezidi religious and ethnic minority in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq. Hanifa escapes abduction by ISIS but her five younger sisters are all trucked off and enslaved. Based on an exclusive access to one of the most dangerous and underreported places on earth, Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Hanna Polak tracks Hanifa’s mission to find her sisters and bring them home to keep the promise given to her dying father.
Angels of Sinjar
109 min
Ten-year-old Yula has but one dream - to lead a normal life. For 14 years, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hanna Polak follows Yula as she grows up in the forbidden territory of Svalka, the garbage dump located 13 miles from the Kremlin in Putin’s Russia. Something Better To Come is Yula’s story - a dramatic tale of coming of age and maturing to the point of taking destiny into one’s own hands. It is a story of hope, courage, and life, all shot in gripping vérité style that stuns with its directness and immediacy.
Something Better To Come
100 min