THE FILM

For three years, New York City filmmaker, Olya Schechter, has been following a Serbian sniper, Deki, whose anti-US views led him to join the pro-Russian rebels in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict—a primary source of tension between the United States and Russia.

A Sniper’s War explores the ambiguous morality of war when social media becomes a communication platform for two rival snipers to schedule duels in hope to kill one another between the shadows of rival superpowers.

The filmmaker obtains unprecedented access to military bases and front line battles. She collected hundreds of hours of footage to paint an intimate portrait of the complex and fascinating nature of a sniper. Is Deki simply a man searching for purpose? A victim of historical events? Or a criminal, a terrorist and a vicious killer?