Slava Ukraini

One year after the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy takes us to the heart of the combat through this war diary made during the second half of 2022. From Kharkiv and Bakhmut to Kherson, in the aftermath of the city’s liberation, this documentary bears witness to the ravages of war through the testimonies of soldiers, chronicles of the front and portraits of civilians, and shares with us the struggle of the Ukrainian people.

  • Released: 2023-02-22
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Genre: Documentaries
  • Stars: Bernard-Henri Lévy, Gilles Hertzog, Nataliia Gryvniak, Slava Vakarchuk, Emily Hamilton, Serge Osipenko, Vitaly Saprykin, Yaroslav Prokopenko, Yaroslav Pprokopenko, Milos Jelic
  • Director: Bernard-Henri Lévy
  • jeffgator - 21 May 2023
    Poetic narration from Bernard-Henri Levy in this powerful documentary
    We saw "Slava Ukraini" today at Savor Cinema Fort Lauderdale, the documentary from Jewish-French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, who travels to different parts of Ukraine in the second half of 2022. A few of the scenes that stuck with me: 1) Levy in a trench with Ukrainian soldiers as he reflects in narration "on this archaic habit of men burying themselves so not to die." 2) Levy visits a Breslov synagogue in Uman that sheltered outsiders, an act that he says serves as "a magnificent rebuttal to Putin's propaganda about the inexpiable war between Ukraine and its Jews." 3) Many powerful scenes of Levy interviewing Ukrainians from liberated regions, and especially the visual of survivors in liberated Kherson gathering around generators to charge their phones, preparing to call people who may have been killed. The movie ended with a powerful message that we must fully support Ukraine and not let the West push them to acquiesce ceding any of their territory to Russia. I highly recommended seeing this film.