As the geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine progresses, the Film Association (MPA) and UNIC, an international trade association representing 39 territories across Europe, including Russia and Ukraine, have issued statements in support of Ukraine’s creative community.
The MPA wrote in a statement:
The Film Association advocates with the international community in upholding the rule of law and condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On behalf of our member companies, which lead the film, television and streaming industry, we express our strongest support for the living creative community of Ukraine, which, like all people, deserves a peaceful life and work.
We will continue to monitor the situation, working closely with our members and partners throughout the global creative sector.
In a statement issued on behalf of the UNIC board of directors, the trade body expressed “solidarity not only with Ukrainian exhibitors, but also with the Ukrainian people, who seek to repel the attack of Russian troops on their country.” Reads the statement in full:
We have witnessed with growing horror the deaths and destruction that have arisen in recent days as a result of the Russian government’s decision to invade neighboring Ukraine.
We are in absolute solidarity not only with our Ukrainian colleagues, but also with the Ukrainian people, who are trying to resist this outrageous and unjustified attack.
As a broad European organization, our membership includes operators and associations in both Russia and Ukraine. But we cannot stand aside and remain silent about such terrible actions and note with great respect the statements and positions of some Russian colleagues against the war.
There is no division in our minds between our mission to promote the cultural value of cinema and our desire to promote European unity and celebrate the diversity of different European territories.
Therefore, this attack on all these principles must be firmly opposed, and we wholeheartedly support any measures taken by the international community to end this bloodshed quickly.
More practically, we are ready to do our best to support our Ukrainian colleagues when it comes time to rebuild those cinemas that were destroyed by Russian aggression so that their audience can enjoy the inclusive big screen again.
UNIC and MPA offer statements of support for the Ukrainian film industry
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