Crocodile Gennadiy
World Premiere

Crocodile Gennadiy

| USA | 97 MINUTES | English, Russian | English subtitles
Drama, Thriller, Documentary
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

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Steve Hoover
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.
Steve Hoover
Steve Hoover
Danny Yourd
Steve Hoover
John Pope
Executive Producer
Terrence Mallick, Nicolas Gonda, Michael Killen, Kathy Dziubek, Jim Kreitzburg
Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, Bobby Krlic
Sound Design/Mix
Defacto Sound
Production Company
Animal (

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