A new feature length documentary currently in post-production for completion July 2022.
One month into Russia’s war on Ukraine, guerilla documentarian Steve Richards began an odyssey to document what was happening in the Western suburbs of Kyiv. The resulting footage provides deep dives into the stories, people, places, and situations resulting from the war few thought would happen.
Regular people just like us enduring air raid sirens, missile strikes, lost jobs, destroyed homes, and unfathomable atrocities being waged around them. All because they demand the liberties most of us take for granted. From Warsaw, to Lviv, to Kyiv, to Bucha, we get a real look at what’s really happening, almost like being there in person. Richards documented what he found, with a 14-part video blog, which we are told is more riveting than network news broadcasts.
All interviews were conducted in English since many in Ukraine speak it well. We hope this makes the film all the more accessible for those in the USA and other English speakers. Much is being asked of people in the west including political, economic, and military support for Ukraine. Especially in terms of higher food and gas prices, and the billions in aid that will need to continue to keep up the fight. A global fight we are winning.
We hope this production will help further this moral and real support that is so vital - and to let Ukrainians know that America stands by them. They are not alone. Because they are in the same position America’s Minutemen were some 250 years ago when the first shots at Lexington and Concord changed the world. Back when Phillis Wheatley, America’s first ever published black author, wrote in 1774:
In every human Breast, God has implanted a Principle, which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance.
Again, the people in the film are just like us. We “get” these folks. This production and cause are dedicated to them, their struggles, and the inspiration they are providing the rest of us.
Glory to Ukraine!