The Executive Committee of the ACE shares the deep concerns articulated by our fellow film heritage organizations, as represented by the attached statement from FIAF. ACE members share the European Continent and a mission to preserve our shared moving image histories, and we fear for the well-being of our colleagues at the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre. The human tragedy now unfolding due to Russia’s aggression could be further compounded by the potential loss of irreplaceable and culturally significant collections, as so often happens in the context of war. We stand ready to assist our colleagues, as they themselves have suggested to the FIAF through the following possible actions, among others. We urge our Member Archives to show their support any of these ways:
- Share publicly the successful stories of cooperation with Ukraine, considering that in recent years our country achieved essential progress in arts and cinematography, cultural diplomacy, sharing and promoting European values.
- Mention the current war in Ukraine in your public talks and speeches — during art and film events, festivals, meetings, stating that this war is a war against the whole civilized world, free thought, and democratic values;
- Initiate joint public statements from civil organizations, institutions, and industry associations — filmmakers, producers, actors, experts, and institutions on heritage preservation and security;
- Share information on the war and the current situation in social media with the hashtag #StandWithUkraine.
- Finally, they suggested that financial support can be made via the NGO Vostok SOS.
Respectfully submitted by the Executive Committee Members of the ACE