WATCH: "NYC to Donetsk & back” – a new film

Russian-American actor Peter Von Berg (of the FX series The Americans) goes on a journey from his home in NYC to the Donetsk People’s Republic to explore the gap between the image proffered in the American media and the reality as experienced by the people who live there.

This film is essential watching

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Aug 23, 2018 5:48 AM

Unfortunately this is more of a propaganda movie than a fair and balanced survey of what has actually happened. Conveniently, Peter didn’t interview anybody from the “other side”, so he didn’t really tell how the phony referendum was conducted, how the crooks like Motorola were sponsored by Russia, how they were taking away people’s cars and appartments at gunpoint for their personal use, how many people who disagreed with them went missing, how the GRAD’s artillery systems were placed in residential areas so the Ukrainian military responded back hitting those areas, and on on, and on. Of course there are plenty of wrongdoings you can charge the Ukrainian side with, but there’s so much more to the story than painting Ukraine as a bunch on Nazi’s sponsored by oligarchs from the West. Anybody with a brain would see through that BS. And by the way, has Peter cited any references to how many people in Donetsk actually wanted the separation? Of course not. He just assumes that “people of Donetsk” made a choice, but in truth nobody had a choice, and if you had asked people around, it was about 50/50 wanting separation from Ukraine. The referendum was of course a sham controlled by the bandits in charge. The analogy to Washington and separation from England is of course ridiculous, but that aside, please tell me Peter, how do you think Russia would react if Kaliningrad wanted to conduct a referendum to join Germany, Kuril island to join Japan, Khabarovks to join China, or what if Yakutia or Chechnya want to become independent. Do you think Russia would just say Go Ahead? Hah. I could go on, but this is just a comment to say the movie is lopsided and I would NOT recommend it to anybody who wants to get a fair picture of what happened. And I’m myself also an American with roots in Donetsk.

Jul 4, 2020 8:41 PM
Reply to  Alex

Unfortunately you are a moron

Jun 29, 2018 3:44 PM

Brilliant work by Peter Von Berg & team, thank you off-G. 🙂
It’s great to get a feel for the surprising realities on the ground. No bank money, eh? Interesting.
In similar vein, I like this 18 minute video of a cheerful young chap riding his little pop-pop motorbike through Iran.
He is now a huge fan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2LEgowbzSc&t=135s
John Doran
Our fake news MSM really is staffed by brain-dead traitors ,both to the truth & to their fellow man.

King Kong
King Kong
Jun 27, 2018 9:36 PM

Thanks for posting this movie. Great stuff. I, an Continental European, has learned something new here. 🙂
I think I will have to take a trip to Russia, Donetsk and Crimea.
Imifght be worried though , that the beer is thin as in Britain…Well can prolly get a vodka.
The women certainly are eye pleasing, but I abstain.

Jun 27, 2018 1:33 AM

Thank you for this. Duly shared on Facebook.

Jun 26, 2018 2:06 AM

Many thanks to Peter Von Berg for this presentation. Hopefully provides to many Americans and Canadians a look at the Donbass/Donesk region and why they fight for what is theirs.

Ronald van Amerongen
Ronald van Amerongen
Jun 25, 2018 10:48 PM

One honest film, certainly essential, need to be spread as much as possible.
I am born and raised Dutch but I live in Lugansk even before the war, what is now Lugansk peoples republic.

Jun 25, 2018 9:06 PM

Dear Off Guardian, where is your Share via VK button?

Jun 26, 2018 2:14 AM
Reply to  Kolokol

VK button can be found under the share icon denoted with the + symbol.

Barbara Mullin
Barbara Mullin
Jun 25, 2018 3:25 PM

We have Victoria Nuland and Hillary Clinton to thank for this Ukrainian coup where they supported Nazi forces. Joe Biden’s son Hunter has benefited with an important energy job in the Ukraine.

kevin morris
kevin morris
Jun 25, 2018 6:52 PM
Reply to  Barbara Mullin

You are right of course, but after such a beautiful, uplifting film, I’d rather forget such people, even if only momentarily.