Friends and sponsors of the Pokrov International Orthodox Film Festival will help to complete the work in the Church of St. George the Victorious in one of the villages of Rivne region, which needs help to complete the iconostasis.
The president of the festival, Member of parliament of Ukraine Andrii Derkach spoke about this in his welcoming speech at the opening.
According to him, the Church of St. George the Victorious was built and consecrated in one of the villages of the Rivne region.
” This is an example of the confession and the fact that God is not mocked. The outreach needs help to complete the iconostasis. Friends and sponsors of the festival, upon learning this, decided to help and provide additional funding, “- noted Derkach.
“An ordinary woman, a believer, Maria Mykhailivna Tyshchuk, gave half of her house to build a church. For three years the community built a new church, for three years people prayed in the Maria’s house; she has been working as a nurse in a hospital for 40 years. Nowadays she goes to work every day with a prayer, she’s also helping patients with coronavirus, ” said Derkach.
He reminded that 18 years ago the “Pokrov” festival was organized with the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev.
Derkach summed up : “From year to year he took part in every festival. Until the last: as much as He could! One of his blessings and wishes, which he constantly told us, was: “Hurry up to do good!”.
The XVIII Pokrov International Orthodox Film Festival has started at the festival of Orthodox cinema “Pokrov”, it is held in an online format. The theme of the festival is “Don’t be afraid, only believe”. 68 films from seven countries: Ukraine, Russia, Israel, France, Belarus, Armenia and Serbia are taking part in the main competition of the festival.
For nine days, all films will be on the website of the film festival . They will have free access from November 13 to 21.
A documentary film “Hello, brother, Christ is risen” directed by the monk Illarion (Moiseyev) will be The opening film of the festival. It is about faith, friendship, patriotism of Ukrainian boxers Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk.
The Pokrov International Orthodox Film Festival has been held since 2003, it was held with the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Volodymyr. Nowadays the festival is held under the blessing of Onufriy – the Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine. The film festival is held annually, the aim is popularizing films with Christian content. The President of the Film Festival is Member of Parliament of Ukraine Andrii Derkach. This year, for the first time in history of the festival, the Pokrov festival is being held online.