On March 9 Riga’s Kino Suns cinema hosted a presentation of the documentary Volunteers, shot by the Latvian film director Jānis Vingris about Ukrainian volunteers helping the army in the ATO area.
Partially the production of the film was financed by public donations but most of the financing was provided by the director himself, who decided to tell about the volunteers in this undeclared war of Russia against Ukraine.
The film director Jānis Vingris visited the ATO area in the East of Ukraine collecting the material. “With this film, Jānis explains, I wanted to show the real situation in the East of Ukraine without propaganda or censorship and the great role of volunteers in supporting the Ukrainian armed forces.”
Main characters of the film are real people, Kyiv volunteers Rodion and Ivan driving around the front line, providing the Ukrainian army soldiers with the necessary things. Risking their lives, they deliver parcels, filled up by the whole country.
The documentary premiere was attended by around 150 persons, among them – Ambassador of Ukraine to Latvia Yevgen Perebyinis, a delegation of Drohobych, which was on a visit to Latvia, including Drohobych Mayor Taras Kuchma, politicians, public figures, media, Ukrainian and Latvian community. The premiere was followed by a friendly and open conversation with the author and heroes of the film and a flashmob in support of Ukraine- Latvia friendship.
Jānis Vingris – film director and producer of several documentaries and shortfilms, coproducer of the Latvian drama «Dancis pa trim» («Dance threesome») playing one of the central roles.
Film trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-mPZd5k7Pg
More photos can be found at the Embassy's Flickr account.