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In a surprising speech via video at the opening of the 75th Cannes Film Festival on May 17, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged filmmakers “not to be silent” over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He said that they have no choice but to keep fighting and that he believes the “dictator” will fail.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends the opening of the Cannes Film Festival via video on May 17, 2022. (Photo from AP)

Facing directors, stars and entertainers from all over the world attending the Cannes Film Festival, Zelenskyy spoke about the massacre in Butcha, and the bombing of a theatre in Mariupol that killed hundreds of people.

He spoke of the need for a Chaplin-like figure to defuse the hatred and make dictators disappear. He compared Putin to Hilter in the film “The Great Dictator” while reminding people of the responsibility of film making and urging filmmakers not to stay silent on the Russian-Ukrainian war. His speech, which lasted more than 10 minutes, won a round of applause from the audience.

Zelenskyy once spoke at the Grammy Awards, calling on the United States to increase aid to Ukraine. The Cannes Film Festival is also concerned about the fate of Ukrainians and three Ukrainian films have been selected for the official competition section this year.

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