Ukrainian producer Darya Bassel asks the international community to listen to Ukrainian voices
- The professional, also head of industry of Docudays UA, says the way to stop the Russian aggression is to stop its culture from influencing our minds
Ukrainian producer Darya Bassel, also head of industry of Docudays UA, asks the international community to listen to Ukrainian voices.
(This is part of a series of open letters about the war that we are receiving from Ukrainian talent - read all of them here).
"What scares me the most in the current situation is that I see that Ukrainian voices are still ignored on the international cultural scene. Many international film festivals are organizing special programs dedicated to Russia’s war against Ukraine and what do we see in these programs or panel discussions? We see films made by Russian filmmakers or by foreign filmmakers. The same is with broadcasters. They air Russian films instead of giving the floor to Ukrainian filmmakers. Even these films are produced by filmmakers who do not support Putin and his bloody regime, still, why the international community doesn’t want to listen to Ukrainians? Even now? It is the same if you invite a man to be a spokesperson for a #meetoo movement. I say it’s time to listen to Ukrainian voices! Culture is politics. It’s a dangerous illusion that culture is beyond politics, that culture doesn’t influence you and your opinions and that it can’t be used as a weapon. Ukrainian theaters right now turned into hospitals or hostels for refugees. Ukrainian filmmakers turned into soldiers. Ukrainian museums are being bombed. It is culture and it is part of the war as every other part of the social life. Do you want to stop Russian aggression? You should stop its culture from influencing your minds."
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