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Ukraine Film Academy calls for boycott of Russian cinema after the invasion

The Ukrainian Film Academy has called for an international boycott of Russian cinema as the military escalates its invasion of Ukraine.

his academy, claiming that it is representing the society of Ukrainian film professionals and cultural figures, has filed an online petition asking global organizations and film professionals to apply impose sanctions on Russia.

Among the requests, it calls for international festivals to ban Russian films from their lists and requires producers to cease any dealings with businesses linked to the Russian Federation.

In a statement, the organization said that “at a time when world powers are imposing economic and political sanctions on the Russian Federation, the country continues to be active in the field of culture”.

This comes as Boris Johnson said the West was “tightening its economic ties” around Russia, with Britain, the US, Canada and the European Union jointly announcing select Russian banks would be excluded from Swift global payment system.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the West is ‘tightening economic ties’ around Russia (Ben Birchall/PA)

“The outbreak of war in Ukraine is an attack on a civilized world with a democratic system, a crime,” the Ukrainian Film Academy wrote in a statement on the online petition Change.org. made in the heart of Europe.

“But at a time when world powers are imposing economic and political sanctions on the Russian Federation, the country continues to be active in the cultural sphere.

“In particular, a number of Russian-produced films regularly enter the program of most of the world’s film festivals, and considerable resources are devoted to their promotion.

“The result of this operation is not only the spread of propaganda messages and distortion of the truth.

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“It also promotes the allegiance of Russian culture – the culture of the aggressor state, which has waged unjustified and unjustified wars in Central Europe.

“Even the presence of Russian films in the program of world film festivals creates the illusion of Russia’s participation in the values ​​of the civilized world.”

The online petition has so far received nearly 1,500 signatures at the time of publication.

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Cinderella of the Bolshoi Ballet Company, at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden (Yui Mok / PA)

It comes as performances by the Russian State Ballet company have been canceled in theaters across the UK including Wolverhampton, Northampton and Peterborough.

The Royal Opera House also announced it had canceled a tour of the Moscow-based Bolshoi Ballet Theater, scheduled to be held in London this summer.

The Kremlin was also recently stripped of two prestigious events for being held in their own country.

The Champions League football final in May has been moved to Paris and the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Russia in September has been cancelled.

The British Film Academy and British Film Institute have been contacted for comment.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/ukrainian-film-academy-calls-for-boycott-of-russian-cinema-following-invasion-41390817.html Ukraine Film Academy calls for boycott of Russian cinema after the invasion

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