Today we take note of what this war is all about. Liberty. As we just celebrated July 4th.
By Steve Richards
Today is Ukraine’s 32nd Independence Day, when Ukraine celebrates its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991 when the Soviet Union fell apart. It has been an independent republic ever since.
Many Americans mistakenly think Ukraine is part of Russia, mostly because our view of history only goes back so far. They confuse the Soviet years with the history of Ukraine which goes back well over a thousand years – long before Russia was even a dot on a map.
The Soviet years were especially tragic for Ukraine and drove its yearning to be free of it, like all the former Soviet dominated countries of Europe, like Poland. The war and blood so usually required of revolutions was delayed one might say. But it is on now and is a fight in which America vitally supports Ukraine with its NATO allies.
In our two films about Ukraine since the full-scale invasion in February 2022, people can see the kinds of people we are supporting. They are people just like us and a tremendous ally on the front lines of our ongoing struggle with Russia. In particular, Back to Bucha features the women and Christians that are the backbone of Ukraine.
Below is a brief PowerPoint deck for those interested in learning more and being inspired by the Ukrainian moms, children, pastors, and young men we see in the film.
To download the deck click here.
New Trailer Highlights Ukraine’s Moms, Kids, and Spirit
After many months, we have trimmed the preliminary trailer down to a brisk 99 seconds, while holding on to many highlights — especially the moms and kids that returned home just as soon as they could, to come home to their men who never left at all.
To watch the trailer click here: https://vimeo.com/806764228
We see a rebuilt Jul’s coffee shop in Bucha back serving neighbors. Forget the blown-out windows and pile of glass we saw a year before — they wanted to get back to work and they are!
In Back to Bucha and its trailer, we see much more about the Spirit of Ukraine’s people, than the damage to its buildings and churches. And making it all work is the moving composition of talented Ukrainian pianist and composer Valeriia Vovk — so ubiquitous in the film and trailer.
And TVBoy, the Italian street artist who had just painted the picture of a brave girl with a stop sign just around the corner of Jul’s. We can’t help featuring it in the trailer and as its cover photo.
As you'll see, the film and trailer are upbeat, inspirational, and will leave you with a smile.
We hope you like it. Take a look!