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A Crucial Film to Understand Ukraine’s Struggle

March 10, 2022

Episode Notes

Sonny is joined this week by Andrea Chalupa, the screenwriter of Mr. Jones, the true story of Gareth Jones’s efforts to bring the horrifying reality of the Stalin-made famine in Ukraine that killed between 3.3 and 3.9 million people. They talk about getting that film written and financed, the response to it, and how best to push back against Russian disinformation via the arts.

Mr. Jones is streaming now on Hulu and is a must-watch for anyone who wants to understand why Ukraine is fighting tooth and nail against reabsorption into the nascent Russian empire. After you watch Mr. Jones, make sure to sign up for the online panel this Friday with director Agnieszka Holland, star James Norton, and the folks at the Kyiv Independent; proceeds go to support both the Independent and Ukrainian nonprofit Proliska.