Al Jazeera | The Missing Piece


Maksym is a 9-year-old Ukrainian chess prodigy who dreams of being a grandmaster by age 12. Today, he lives as a refugee with his mother in Yorkshire while competing in tournaments across the country. But his family’s financial situation is making these trips, and life in the UK, increasingly uncertain. This short documentary captures a weekend in the life of Maksym and his mother, Iryna.

Director: Kateryna Pavlyuk
Producers: Dan Hodgson, Mary Pattisson
Co-Producer: Julia Alcamo
DOP: Julia Alcamo
Editor: Miguel Pinto