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On May 17th, during the opening of the 75th Cannes Film Festival, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy spoke live via satellite video, calling on a new generation of filmmakers to fight against dictators through film creations.

Referring to Charlie Chaplin’s satirical film “The Great Dictator” released in the early days of World War II, Zelenskyy said that the Russian-Ukrainian war was the largest war since World War II, and he hoped that a new generation of filmmakers would not remain silent about it but will create films oppose authoritarianism and aspire to freedom in today’s era.

Zelenskyy quoted Chaplin’s final speech in “The Great Dictator” to show his determination against authoritarians, “The hate of men will pass, the dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people.”

Affected by the Russian-Ukrainian war, this year’s Cannes Film Festival has banned Russians with ties to the Russian government from attending. The film festival will screen several creations by Ukrainian filmmakers this year.

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