Iron Butterflies

Documentary, 2022


A butterfly-shaped shrapnel found in the body of the pilot of the flight MH17 leads to the identification of the state, responsible for a war crime that has gone unpunished.
“Iron Butterflies” is a hybrid documentary investigating multiple layers around the downing of MH17 in Eastern Ukraine, 2014.


Author and Director –
Roman Liubiy

Producer –
Andrii Kotliar (Babylon 13, UKR)

Co-Producers –
David Armati Lechner, Isabelle Bertolone, Trini Götze (Trimafilm)

TV Broadcaster –
rbb, arte

Funded by –
Ukrainian Cultural Foundation
Ukrainian State Film Agency

DoP –
Andrii Kotliar

Editor –
Roman Liubiy, Mila Zhluktenko

Sound –
Andrii Rohachov

Production Design –
Volodymyr Liubiy

Music –
Anton Baibakov, Oleksandra Morozova


Production –
Ukraine / Germany 2022

Picture –

Sound –
5.1 SRD

Length –
Approx. 80 min.