June 20, 2022

Stand with Ukraine through Film

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Ukrainian Film, The Guide, to be shown on June 22, 2022 on Capitol Hill. Congressman Seth Moulton among those expected to speak June 22 screening will be DC premiere for film playing in US, Australia, Canada, and Holland. Screenings have raised more than $100,000 for Ukrainian relief

Washington DC:  The 2014 Ukrainian Film, The Guide, will be screened on June 22, 2022, from 5-8 pm, on Capitol Hill.  Admission is by invitation only. 

Congressman Seth Moulton will be among those who will speak before the film, which will be shown in the Rayburn House Office Building. This will be The Guide’s first screening in Washington, D.C.  

Stand with Ukraine through Film is organizing the D.C. event with the help and co-sponsorship of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, a non–governmental, 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine to the United States.

The story of The Guide takes place in the early 1930s during the Holodomor, or Terror-Famine, when the Soviet regime killed millions of Ukrainians largely by starvation. Filmed in 2012 and released in Ukraine in 2014, The Guide was selected as the Ukrainian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards in 2014. Until this spring, The Guide had played outside Ukraine only in festivals and academic settings.  

The theatrical premiere of The Guide outside Ukraine occurred on March 13, 2022 in Salem, MA. A fundraiser hosted by Cinema Salem, that event raised $12,000 for Ukraine relief and served as the kick-off of the international project Stand with Ukraine through Film.  

Cinemas across the U.S. and in other countries began to show The Guide the following Friday, March 18, 2022. Kyiv-based Pronto Films, which owns the film, waived all fees as long as the proceeds from ticket sales went to Ukraine relief.  To date, almost 700 cinemas in Australia, Canada, Holland and the U.S. have played The Guide, raising more than $100,000. Recipients of grants have included World Central Kitchen, International Organization on Migration, Plast, Razom, and Ukrainian Studies Fund.

Stand with Ukraine through Film is being supported by film industry companies including Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition, Falling Forward Films, Paper Airplane, Deluxe, GoTheaterMarketing, and Vista Group, along with Cinema Salem.  The Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University and Pronto Films have provided critical assistance. A full list of sponsoring organizations can be found at www.standwithukraine.org.

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