All proceeds donated to Red Cross Ukraine through Screens Without Borders.
The Guide, which was Ukraine’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, is set in the 1930s as the Soviet regime pursues agricultural and other repressive policies causing the death of millions of Ukrainians.
An American engineer with a strong belief in the ideals of socialism has come to Ukraine, along with his 10-year-old son, to fight the good fight. But after he is killed for stealing confidential documents, his son, Peter, is stranded in Ukraine. With no other options for survival, he ends up becoming a guide for a kobzar, Ivan Kocherga. The kobzar raises the young American to believe in the beauty of the world despite the atrocities he has witnessed—the film’s slogan is “Close your eyes. See with your heart.” But the film also tells the story of a truly dramatic, critical period in Ukrainian history.
The Guide won the Best Actor and Cinematography awards at the Odessa International Film Festival and was nominated for the grand prize at both the Odessa and Warsaw International Film Festivals.