Heading Back to Ukraine to Screen the Film For the Film’s Stars
By Steve Richards
As we approach the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, I will be kicking off Trek to Bucha’s promotional tour in Bucha on February 5th. The venue (to be announced) has generators so we’re confident we will be good to go. We are also planning to livestream the event if possible. Ukrainian captions will be ready.
We are also planning screenings in Lviv and Kyiv during a month-long Ukrainian tour as the long, cold, energy-tight winter sets in.
The film is a glimpse of what those in Bucha – and throughout Ukraine – dealt with in the winter of 2022 and what many Ukrainians will live through this winter due to Russian attacks on their energy grid. For instance, in the film we see folks cooking over open fires in field kitchens outside their condos, the thrill of power being restored, workers working on power lines, etc.
Personally, in my ongoing quixotic effort to help the Ukrainian cause I hope to bring a bit of goodwill and support from the USA and let those that I encounter know we are with them. I’m also looking forward to revisiting new friends and seeing how they are doing. I am particularly eager to see how the rebuilding is progressing in Bucha and Irpin, the most heavily hit areas featured in the film as discussed in Trek to Bucha Epilogue: Force Majeure (Act of God) – Part 1 (Economics) (theoeco.org).
I will also be shooting Back to Bucha, a sequel where we will dig further into the evolution of Putin’s Orwellian justification for his war; from de-nazification to de-satanization. The developing schism in the Orthodox Church is also something I hope to document as we continue to explore the Spirit in Ukraine begun in Trek to Bucha Epilogue: Force Majeure (Act of God) – Part 2 (Spirit) (theoeco.org). To me it is reminiscent of what happened to the Church of England in the USA during its revolution beginning in Boston in 1775, which led to the creation of the Episcopalian Church here in America.
Is going to Ukraine dangerous? I recently researched the issue to make my Mom feel better about it all and found that being in Ukraine is no more life threatening for most people than being in the USA given its ongoing gun violence. Don’t believe it? Check out On this Thanksgiving Weekend Ukraine and USA Share Two More Things: Thankfulness and Violent Death Rates (theoeco.org).
So off I go!
Lastly, our screenings are donation driven and free for the folks in Ukraine. If you would like to support the effort book a screening for your own group for when I return mid-February. I’ll be happy to come screen the film and tell you all about what I found.
For more go to the Tour page at Trek to Bucha - Tour Info (theoeco.org).