Zelensky gets Hollywood treatment in a film launching global freedom initiative

The heroics of President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukraine will feature in the launch of a major new international initiative to tackle authoritarian regimes around the world.

Superpower, a documentary on Zelensky’s leadership against Russia’s invasion of his country, has been produced by Hollywood director Sean Penn and fellow filmmaker Aaron Kaufman.

The film is aimed at launching Kaufman’s Humanity for Freedom, a new global nonprofit which he will lead with US political advocate Dane Waters.

It has been launched today with the mission of aiding in the fight against authoritarian governments through their educational and advocacy work.

Supporting the initiative, spokesperson for President Zelensky’s office, Andrii Yermak said: “Freedom and justice. That’s what Ukraine is fighting for. And we are glad to welcome Sean Penn and Humanity for Freedom for standing with us defending these values and making a prominent impact to spread the truth about the Russian brutal aggression worldwide.”

The announcement comes just after President Zelensky addressed the UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, US President Joe Biden, French President Emmnauel Macron and other G7 leaders in Japan last week.

Humanity for Freedom’s global kick-off event, “72 Hours for Freedom,” will feature screenings around the world of the documentary.

The film offers viewers an inside look at the people for whom Humanity for Freedom is fighting and lifts up the heroism of Ukraine President Zelenskyy.

The event covers six continents in over a dozen countries in just 72 hours, starting in London on June 6 and finishing in Washington DC on June 8. Other cities will include Rome, Tbilisi, Sofia, Abuja, Tokyo, Sydney and Buenos Aires.

Mr Penn said: “Humanity for Freedom and Superpower share an intention to lift up voices of hope and raise awareness around Ukraine’s urgent fight for freedom and justice.”

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Mr Kaufman added: “I am proud to be using our film to bring attention to the atrocities being endured in Ukraine.

“Superpower depicts a leader that represents the best of his people: resilient, strong and fiercely independent. Ukraine will, with the worlds help, ensure that freedom prevails.”

The Ukrainian government has said the initaitives like this are important to keep up the pressure on Putin.

Oleksandr Kamyshin, Ukraine Minister of Strategic Industries said: “As we keep fighting Russians out of Ukraine, we are fortunate to have a true partner in Humanity for Freedom.

“Their efforts to return our children from the clutches of Putin and their loud voice for continued world support for our freedom makes them invaluable to Ukraine.”

Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said: “They are on the front lines demanding our stolen children are returned from Russia and Putin and his allies are brought to justice for the crime of aggression and other related crimes.

“The people of Ukraine will always appreciate Sean Penn and Humanity for Freedom’s loud calls around the globe for more support for our soldiers and citizens.’’

Humanity for Freedom President Dane Waters said: “The mission of Humanity for Freedom is clear – we must stop the erosion of freedom.

“Ukraine is the battlefield, physically and metaphorically, for this generational battle. Standing before us is a simple question: which side are we on? The side of peace and humanity, or violence and hatred?

“If we fail to pick wisely, the erosion of freedom, globally, will be impossible to halt.

“A few short years ago, no Ukrainian would have believed that their neighbourhoods would be the backdrops to war crimes, to children being stolen from their loving parents, to death and destruction at every turning.”

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