Olia Ilkiv

When the Soviets invaded Ukraine, Olia Ilkiv, a 27-year-old mother of two young children joined the Ukrainian Resistance Army. But when the KGB caught and arrested her, they subjected her to torture and prison. They also dispatched her children for adoption with changed names in an orphanage. Olia still refused to give up information about her compatriots, assuming she’d never see her children again. But she never imagined, more than a decade later, one of her most hated captors would be instrumental in retracing her son and daughter.

Untold Stories


The characters in our film have such amazing stories that only a portion of what we filmed was able to fit into a 90-minute documentary. Here are some of Olia Ilkiv’s untold stories.

Olia Ilkiv in Ostriv (Watch Video)


Sixty years later, Olia Ilkiv goes back to the village of Ostriv where she was living undercover, hiding from the KGB.

A fake doctor and two terrible
seamstresses
(Watch Video)


In the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, Olia and her brothers-in-arms used to have different underground cover-ups. This is the story of one particular setup in a village.

The Ambush (Watch Video)


Olia Ilkiv is on the run, trying to escape from the KGB. She is eight months pregnant. She is given the address of a secure house where she would be able to get food and false documents.

Here I was arrested (Watch Video)


Olia Ilkiv revisits the place where she was arrested.