15:06 21 Feb 2023

French director to donate royalties from two films to support Ukraine war victims

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French writer and film director BernardHenri Lévy will donate the royalties from his two documentaries about Ukraine to the Olena Zelenska Foundation to support war victims, according to "Ukrainian Pravda. Life".

What is the problem?

"Thousands of Ukrainians in the de-occupied territories live on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe due to constant shelling, power outages, and infrastructure damage. They need our urgent support," said the foundation director, Nina Horbachova.

What is the solution?

Bernard-Henri Lévy visited hot spots on the front line in Ukraine and shot two documentaries:

  • "Why Ukraine?"
  • "Glory to Ukraine."

The first one was released in June 2022. The premiere of the second took place in early February 2023. The film is expected to be released on February 22 in France and then in the US.

The documentary "Glory to Ukraine" was filmed during four trips Lévy made to Ukraine after the start of the full-scale russian invasion.

The director decided to donate his royalties to the Elena Zelenska Foundation.

"I am happy that our December presentation in Paris changed the perception from "reconstruction after the victory of Ukraine" to "reconstruction now," Horbachova said.

How does it work?

After what he saw in Ukraine, the director decided to transfer his income from two films to support Ukrainians.

"I hope that my film "Glory to Ukraine" will be heard as a call – at least a modest call – to allied countries to continue to support Ukraine, do more, and save lives," Lévy said.

According to the foundation director, Nina Horbachova, the donations will be directed to reconstruct the Izium Central City Hospital.

This is the largest and most important medical institution in the Kharkiv region.

It should be noted that Sean Penn and Aaron Kaufman's film "Superpower" became the main event of the Berlinale, thus emphasizing the official position of "solidarity with Ukraine."

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