Close to the ground, from the front line to the civil resistance, Bernard-Henri Lévy films the war in Ukraine and urges Europe to act. A poignant immersion that resounds like a call for help, in the name of democracy. A call that resounded at the Cinéma Le Balzac, near the Champs Élysées in Paris, where BHL presented his film Pourquoi l’Ukraine with his crew, in front of a packed house.
From the first days of the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army, BHL went to the field and has not stopped going back. With the help of a small Franco-Ukrainian crew, he filmed the resistance at the gates of Mykolaïv and the dead of Boutcha; the petrified Kiev and the insurgent Odessa; the metamorphosis of President Zelensky and the civilians of Borodyanka, ordinary heroes; the city of Zaporijja suspended from the assault, protecting its nuclear power plant, and then a forgotten front line on the road to Marioupol; the young American veterans of the mysterious Mozart Group; the final interview of a free man entrenched, 60 meters underground, in the galleries of Azovstal; or the trajectory of the missile which, on March 2, fell on the site of Babi Yar…
Already present with the same crew, in February 2014, alongside Ukrainian democrats, in the early days of EuroMaïdan the writer-philosopher goes back in recent history to dive into the long months that lasted the Commune of Kiev; in the trenches of Donbass, in 2020, facing the imminence of the war.
Testimony of a committed intellectual, this subjective film, shot in the emergency, is a call to action to help Ukrainian democracy: it is available on the website Arte.tv, until December 13, 2022.