Ukraine should actively develop own historic cinema – author of Chernobyl TV series

13 September 2019

Ukraine should more actively develop and support its own historic cinema, the author of the Chernobyl TV series, Craig Mazin, said at the 16th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting, “Happiness Now. New Approaches for a World in Crisis”, organised by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

“The truth is that it is not up to Americans like me to tell stories like this (the story of the Chernobyl accident) (…) I believe it would be very good to start thinking of your arts and your culture as a means of expression. This is normal and good to look back at your past with as clean and transparent view as possible. Ukraine’s XXth century history has the most dramatic, sad, but beautiful pages. They are needed by all of us”, Mazin said.

Mazin also said the world still knows almost nothing even about such large-scale tragedies as Holodomor (the Great Famine). 

“People who can support movie making in Ukraine, I’m calling on you: support your movie makers. In doing this, people would be able to tell their stories, to tell the stories as they actually were,” Mazin concluded. 

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Oleksandra Matviichuk
Oleksandra Matviichuk
Head of the Center for Civil Liberties, human rights lawyer, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate , YES Annual Meeting, 2023
«Protection of human rights and freedoms is a key issue for our century»