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With financial support from the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union

Fondi Otto per Mille della Chiesa Evangelica Valdese

With financial support by Society Integration Foundation (SIF)


“Hold On The Memory”, Sofja Bolshakova

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‘Hold On The Memory’ is the sad story of a refugee living in a big city with a high quality of life, but who still feels lonely because he has lost all of his family members. I find it very painful to even imagine such a scenario. I heard this story from someone when I was working in a refugee centre last year. The person asked me not to mention his name, because he is still waiting to receive citizenship in Estonia. When I asked other refugees to tell me their stories, they agreed, but at the same time most of their stories had extremely sad endings…


I’m Sofja Bolshakova from Narva. I was born and raised on the board of Estonia and Russia. There are two religions and 7 nationalities in my family. I decided to learn languages and travel. With EU programmes and on my own I was reaching my goals to learn different cultures.

1. It is me and my family …

2. But I have lost them all

3. Does not matter where you are

4. Only alive on the photo