Oleh Sentsov sends a statement to the international film community
- The Ukrainian director, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Russia after his arrest in 2014, requests the world's support for the boycott of Russian cinema
Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov (Gaamer, Numbers [+see also:
interview: Oleg Sentsov
film profile], Rhino [+see also:
film profile]), who was arrested by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) in 2014 after being involved in supporting the Euromaidan protests in Kyiv and opposing the annexation of Crimea by Russia, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, before his release five years later in a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine, has sent a statement to the international film community directly from the Ukrainian front.
(This is part of a series of open letters about the war that we are receiving from Ukrainian talent - read all of them here).
"My name is Oleh Sentsov. I am a Ukrainian film director. In 2014, I was unlawfully imprisoned in Russia and sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment for fighting against Putin regime and annexation of Crimea. Back then, the whole film industry stood up to support me. And I am immensely grateful for it. Now I’m asking you to support my country.
Exactly two weeks ago, my movie, which I shot after I was out, was released in Ukraine. For a week now, I have been standing in the trenches as a participant of the territorial defence of Kyiv, which is a part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Life has changed in an instant with the fall of the first bomb on the territory of Ukraine. Everything we knew about Hitler's invasion has now become real again.
My motherland is mercilessly being shelled from the land, sea and air. Russian bombs are falling on Ukrainian children. Millions are sitting in bomb shelters. Millions are suffering from being cold and lacking food. My country is being ruined, but our spirit is strong. We are going to fight until our victory.
For this, we need your support. The support of intellectuals and artists who oppose Putin’s bloody regime. People who value human life more than anything. I request your support for the boycott of Russian cinematography in all dimensions, including film cooperation: co-production, distribution and festivals, as requested by the Ukrainian Film Academy. Please sign the petition!
Stand with Ukraine!
We will stop Putin together!
Check out his video below:
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