New trailer focuses on Ukraine’s SpiritAn updated trailer for Trek to Bucha is up at https://vimeo.com/709512914.
At just over two minutes we have shortened it by a good 20 seconds. But what is most important is new footage that we came back with in April 2022. Footage of interviews that, like the film, are much more about the Spirit of Ukraine’s people, rather than the damage and atrocities.
Stories of people like Tonya, the girl in Jul’s coffee shop in Bucha working without pay trying to get ready to serve free coffee to workers and neighbors once the lights came back on and water pressure restored. Forget the blown-out windows and pile of glass on the floor, she wanted to get back to work.
Stories of citizens like Alex and Maxim, and their friends at Match Restaurant in Kyiv who turned the place into a World Central Kitchen outpost serving more than 1,500 meals a day for anyone who needed them.
Stories of childhood friends like Igor and Victor, whose world was turned upside down when Bucha was occupied – and now are left with the aftermath. Or Timer, who never evacuated Bucha, telling of the day the Russians left and the cup of tea he enjoyed in complete silence in the middle of the road Russians used to attack, and then withdraw.
Stories of parishioners like those at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church in Boston in conjunction with our partner Ukraine Forward, gathering supplies to be sent to the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv for front line troops.
The blown-up bridge, cooking over an open fire, and children’s art in the basement bomb shelter, are all still there. The story wouldn’t be complete without these, and they all add up to a witnessing of Ukraine’s Spirit in the war’s early days.
Roma Hayda of Providence, RI put it well after the film’s premiere screening:
“The documentary's texture presents the horror, terror, and yes, hope, without showing the gore of war. The generosity of spirit links all people of all walks and daily life… "
Take a look, and for more about Ukraine’s Sprit in the film go to Trek to Bucha Epilogue: Force Majeure (Act of God) – Part 2 (Spirit) (theoeco.org).