Celebration Cinema is showing its support for Ukraine by joining other U.S. movie exhibitors to donate ticket sales from a Ukrainian film.
The movie theater chain is showing “The Guide,” a 2014 film depicting the Soviet Union oppression of Ukrainians in the 1930s. The film was directed by Oles Sanin, who currently is in Kyiv, Ukraine.
A message from Sanin is added to the film at the beginning that describes the urgency of the situation and the need for assistance as the Russian invasion persists.
“The Guide” is centered around Peter, a 10-year-old boy who has suffered loss, and a blind priest who does everything in his power to help the boy grow and survive with a kind and clear soul, not permanently compromised by what he has experienced.
The character Peter is played by Anton Green, who now is a 19-year-old political science major at the University of Michigan.
All proceeds from the film will be donated to a Ukrainian relief fund managed by the Human & Civil Rights Organizations of America. Proceeds will be forwarded to selected nonprofit organizations that are providing humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people in Ukraine and nearby countries, including the International Red Cross and the International Organization for Migration.
“It’s easy to begin to feel numb and crippled by tragic events that are beyond our control,” said Emily Loeks, director of education and community affairs at Celebration Cinema, “but story connects us. This is one small way to be attentive to history, stand with the people of Ukraine and help.”
“The Guide” has won numerous awards, including Best Actor and Cinematography awards. It was selected as the Ukrainian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards and was nominated for the grand prize at the Odessa and Warsaw International film festivals.