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You are in: Home > 2022. 70th Edition  > News > Statement by the San Sebastian International Film Festival on the situation in Ukraine
Statement by the San Sebastian International Film Festival on the situation in Ukraine
Friday, March 11th, 2022

The San Sebastian International Film Festival expresses its categorical condemnation of the intolerable aggression of Ukraine by Russia, in what constitutes a flagrant breach of international law. The war started by the Russian Government, an attack against a sovereign State, is already generating victims among the citizens of Ukraine, which have been suffering bombings, persecution and the forced and mass displacement of its population since 24 February. We want to state our solidarity with the people of Ukraine in the face of this humanitarian tragedy.

The San Sebastian Festival's commitment to democracy and human rights is expressed through our unceasing work to transmit film culture and thus disseminate films by artists from all over the world, generating an essential debate. To this end, our selection processes evaluate films on an individual basis, never on the basis of their nationality, even when they come from countries with governments that violate fundamental rights, and we will continue to do so in these turbulent times.

We cannot make all the citizens of a country responsible for the decisions of their governments. Often, as is the case of the thousands of Russian citizens who have taken to the streets in protest against the war, these citizens not only disagree with their government’s decisions, but also fight against them.

For all these reasons, we will always rely on the power of the Festival as a loudspeaker for dissident voices, which seek to express themselves artistically in countries hostile to this right, thereby encouraging democratic debates across the international arena. Those Russian voices that oppose the aggression committed by their country will always have a place at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

We would like to end by expressing our desire for the re-establishment of international law and peaceful stability in the zone with a view to guaranteeing the wellbeing of the Ukrainian population.

 

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