#Official Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on special attention of Ukrainian State Committee for Cinematography to cultural figures

In the world there are several famous festivals, within which the best actors and films are awarded with film awards. The first and most well-known film awards, Academy Awards, was awarded in 1929. The owner of movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Louis B. Mayer approved this award. Later the Academy Awards was renamed into “Oscar,” and since then almost every talented director or actor wants to possess the coveted statuette.

Over time, about a dozen of film awards in different countries appeared, but the most original way to celebrate the actor’s talent or the director’s work at the national level was invented not somewhere in France or Italy, but in Ukraine!!!

The list which included figures of culture, awarded with the special attention of the Security Service of Ukraine, was created in the country. This list is constantly updated with the efforts of the Ministry of Culture and the Ukrainian State Committee for Cinematography, and other caring organizations and citizens who stand as sentinels of crystal thoughts and consciousness of Ukrainians. They also came up with a unique name for this kind of ‘state film awards,’ too: “Persons that threaten the national security of Ukraine.” For this reason, movies, TV shows, music, books, and even cartoons, which had the actors with the ‘special status,’ are excluded from the Ukrainian television content.

One of the recent nominees for the award from grateful Ukrainian censorship became an actor Yan Tsapnik. Just recently, the State Cinema Committee of Ukraine has forbidden to show 18 films with his participation, and the actor himself – entering Ukraine for five years. Attention to his person Yan Tsapnik deserved by playing in the series, where he played the role of DPR volunteer.

I do not think that Yan Tsapnik was deeply saddened, because such famous people as Joseph Kobzon, Ivan Okhlobystin, Michael Porechenkov, Mikhail Boyarsky, Sergey Bezrukov and even Gerard Depardieu are with him on the podium. It seems to me that to be in the same list with those actors – it is a special honor, so many are even proud of such recognition by the Security Service of Ukraine.

According to the logic of the Ministry of Culture and the State Committee for Cinematography of Ukraine, a huge number of products of modern film industry with the participation of disgraced actors of both Russian and Ukrainian production falls under the ‘nomination’ of the ban. For example, the Ukrainian “Movie Awards” noted a famous film “Only Old Men Are Going to Battle” starring a one hundred percent native Ukrainian Leonid Bykov. Even the song “The night is so lunar” performed by another Ukrainian, Vladimir Talashko, did not save this film. Ukrainian audience also cannot watch “The Amphibian Man,” because it was shot in the forbidden Crimea , and its director Vladimir Chebotaryov and Gennady Kazansky in 1961 did not know anything about lustration, ‘dignity revolution’ and the so-called European values. One can cite dozens of similar examples. Any movies and TV shows with a light hand of Ukrainian officials may fall under the ban, if they do not fit into the new concept of the Ukrainian political ideology.

Apparently, the expert commission of Ukraine State Committee for Cinematography on assigning “special status” for Melpomene servants decided with their actions to completely rid the Ukrainian audience of the opportunity to think independently.

Therefore I suggest Ukrainian guardians of ‘patriotism purity’ of their citizens to absolutely prohibit television, cinema and radio in the country. It will be possible to leave only the ‘right’ news, roller titles with names of debtors for payment of utilities.

It is also worth thinking about banning the internet, because thanks to modern technology, the one can find and see anything in th internet. One shudders to think what will happen to Ukrainian vulnerable mind after watching the movie “28 Panfilovtsev” or, God forbid, “Cheburashka” cartoon…

I have no doubt that now the Ukrainians will once again review all disgraced movies from a list drawn up by the Ministry of Culture and the State Committee for Cinematography of Ukraine. Because any taboos have always generated intense interest to the subject of the ban.

Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy

Official website of the DPR People’s Council

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