In the German city of Leipzig this week, a small number of activists from the artist group Óstov Collective attempted to disrupt a screening of the documentary film Ukraine on Fire by acclaimed American filmmaker Oliver Stone, which was being screened as part of the Festival GlobaLE, Spiegel magazine reports .
Local police said a total of six people caused the disturbance, disrupting the event for a few minutes with drumming and trying to steal the microphone from an organizer, who then slapped one of the activists in the face. The incident did not escalate and ended with no injuries.
Meanwhile, the instigators are being investigated for attempted bodily harm.
Released in 2016 and criticized by some as “propaganda”, the film reviews the historical background of the 2013-2014 Euromaidan events that led to the overthrow of the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
The documentary shows that what the Western media dubbed a “people’s revolution” was “actually a coup d’etat orchestrated by nationalist groups and the US State Department.” as indicated by the festival organizers in the description of the film.
In June, Stone accused Washington of using Ukraine “as a weapon against Russia” in the context of the current conflict, while saying that anti-Russian sanctions would have a boomerang effect. against those who issued them.
“Ukraine is being used by the US as a weapon against Russia. They (Washington) say the war wasn’t provoked, but I think so. We are the ones pushing the buttons. The leadership is now open to discussion: (former President) John Kennedy would not have acted this way, and I don’t think (Barack) Obama would either,” Stone said.
“I know the world has become a difficult place for Russia and it is risky for the West to use sanctions to harm other nations. This has never worked. All of our presidents, including Obama, would say. ‘What are we doing?’” the filmmaker said.
In this sense, he emphasized that the West is “very” dependent on Russian energy and food supplies. “It will all fall back on us. We are already seeing it with inflation.”
The three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker is the author of the 2017 documentary series The Putin Interviews.
(With information from RT in Spanish)