No Obvious Signs (2018)


“No obvious signs” is the phrase, which Ukrainian soldiers hear in hospitals, where they come with physiological traumas and in need of help.

But until their bodies have no injuries, not only doctors, but even society doesn’t notice their problems. 

This is the story of the woman soldier, Oksana Yakubova, who returns from war. Talking to psychologists, battling her PTSD and panic attacks, she tries hard to get back to normal life. The documentary shows her path from the beginning of her rehabilitation process till her way to the normal family life and work.

What is left backstage of the heroic videos of the warriors in Ukraine? What do they have to face, one on one, in peaceful life, and where does the war stop?



“Truthful in all its sadness”

– Tue Steen Muller, Filmkommentaren

“A breathtakingly honest portrait of one female warrior’s struggle to reintegrate into society.” 

– Lauren Wissot, Documentary Magazine

Alina Gorlova, Ukraine, 2018, 63 min.
DOCU DAYS Ukraine – DOCU/ RIGHTS Award, International premiere – DOK Leipzig 2018 – International Competition – Best Eastern European Documentary, Verzio Doc, Festival Dei Popoli, Kasseler DokFest, Watch Docs Poland, DOKER Moscow, Planeta Doc Brasil, Szczecin European Film Festival, Film Festival Diritti Umani Lugano, Planeta Doc Brazil;
Broadcast and VOD
MDR, Current Time Tv, Under the milky way, Takflix, Dafilms,, DMZ platform, Alexander Street

Alina Gorlova is a director and film editor. Born and lives in Ukraine. She graduated from the Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of Theatre, Film and TV. She directs documentaries but also experienced in making fiction shorts, social and commercial ads. In 2016 Alina present her first feature-length documentary Kholodny Yar (Odesa IFF, Art Doc Fest Moscow). No Obvious Signs received 4 awards in DOCU DAYS Festival.