Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky has made a speech about the importance of filmmaking in the midst of war after appearing via video during opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Zelensky who appeared as a special guest on the festival said, “The most brutal dictators of the 20th century loved cinema,” adding that most films made about those dictators were “horrific documentaries and newsreels.”

Speaking further during the live call from Kyiv, he highlighted the role of cinema during war, with reference to Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator”.

Zelensky who  was an actor and comedian also said, “On February 24, Russia began a war of huge proportion against Ukraine with the intention of going further into Europe… Hundreds of people die every day. They are not going to get up after the end.”

“Will cinema stay silent, or will it talk about it? If there is a dictator, if there is a war for freedom, again, it all depends on our unity. Can cinema stay out of this unity? We need a new [Charlie] Chaplin who will prove that, in our time, cinema is not silent.”

“It’s necessary for cinema not to be silent…I say to everyone who hears me: Do not despair. Hatred will eventually disappear and dictators will die. We have to win this victory and we need cinema to ensure that this end is always on the side of freedom. I’m sure that the dictator will lose. We will win this war. Glory to Ukraine.”