“Thousands of people in Ukraine died, defending freedom. To me, it remains a shock that the West has been taking so little about it”, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur said before the viewing in the Congress's movie theatre (Voice of America).
Ukraine’s Ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly added that the viewing of this film at such important platform will turn more attention to Ukraine.
“It is about being proud to be part of our nation, part of Ukraine. In the 21st century, we are giving an example how to protect one’s future. Young Americans who watched the film now ask politicians what kind of ideals America has. It’s not about Ukraine per se; it’s more like about values , the world we live in”, Chaly said.
If Winter on Fire gets an Oscar, then even more people will watch it and learn more about the struggle of the Ukrainian nation for freedom. “It would be a great contribution to history. It’s a unique monument to boys and girls who aren’t there anymore”, said the film director Yevhen Afineevsky.
Previously, the Ukrainian documentary was nominated for Golden Reel Awards.