Ukraine’s Got Talent winner

Sometimes the weird things people forward around in email truly are extraordinary.

This video shows the winner of “Ukraine’s Got Talent”, Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.

It’s best watched full-screen.

The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about $135,000.

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated.

It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.

This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house.

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine , resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.

Categories: arts & entertainment, history


6 replies

  1. I’ve seen this a million times, and each time it’s still breathtaking.

  2. That is seriously impressive.

  3. Wow…this actually had me in tears.Everything,her amazing skill,the poignant imagery,the sound effects and music…Loved the “Nothing else matters”-bit at the end.

  4. That was spectacular.
    I had to see it muted, so I’ll watch it again as soon as I can do with sound – but I also think it’s worth watching silently if you haven’t already.

  5. Just wonderful! I’m going to share it with all my friends.

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