Steve Hoover’s new intimate documentary “Almost Holy” follows Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko, an aggressive, tough-love Ukrainian minister who seeks to rehabilitate and assists young street children. Through determined strong-arm tactics and vigilante-like behavior, Pastor Gennadiy, also known as Crocodile Gennadiy, a nickname derived from a Soviet crocodile cartoon character, has worked to restore a sense of familial community amongst the Ukrainian youth. He helps kids find families, kick drug addiction, and live more productive, fruitful lives, all the while serving as a protective figure. But as Ukraine is ravaged by more violence and war, Gennadiy wonders how much good he can actually do. In the exclusive clip from the film, watch Gennadiy explain his broken heart and how his mission can sometimes feels so futile. Watch it above.
“Almost Holy” is produced by legendary director Terrence Malick, whose previous films include “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line,” “The Tree of Life,” and most recently “Knight of Cups.” Director Steve Hoover’s last film was “Blood Brother,” a documentary about a young man who works in an AIDS center in a remote Indian village caring for the infected children. “Almost Holy’s” score was composed by Atticus Ross, who most famously collaborated with Trent Reznor on the scores for David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and “Gone Girl.”
“Almost Holy” premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. It’s currently in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and will expand nationwide in the following weeks.