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"Believe! The Yulia Tymoshenko Story" Documentary Teaser

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VisionaireMedia executive producer, Jerome Gary, who produced the Oscar-nominated Schwarzenegger-fueled documentary “Pumping Iron," and director/producer Mary Lambert ("Pet Sematary”), have started principal photography on their new film, “BELIEVE!, The Yulia Tymoshenko Story,” a documentary about the life of two-time former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko—centered around her current run in the Ukraine presidential election scheduled for March 31, 2019.

Director Mary Lambert says, “The planet is in a state of peril, and we present Tymoshenko as a candidate who thinks in terms of reforms that can truly change the world and unite people in combating the refugee crisis, wars, dictatorships and corruption on a global scale. We want to raise the consciousness of people in the U.S. regarding this amazing woman and leader, who will implement a new democratic direction for Ukraine and fight for human rights with radical reforms.”

She also believes that Yulia Tymoshenko, who twice held the position of Prime Minister of Ukraine, has become a symbolic leader who fights for progressive and innovative reforms in every field.

Lambert continues, “It has been my dream now for more than ten years to film Yulia. Much of my work as a filmmaker has been focused on Woman as the Protagonist. I have worked with Madonna, Hillary Clinton, Janet Jackson, Jodie Foster, Ellen Barkin, Annie Lennox, Barbara Boxer, Elizabeth Moss, Whitney Houston, to name a few, and, for me, Yulia is a true hero.”

Lambert feels strongly that Tymoshenko is a powerful advocate for pro-Western values and that only she, because of her personal history and struggle, is capable of defending democracy in Ukraine and standing as a buffer against the spread of corruption and authoritarianism.

Film director, producer and editor Shawn Thompson has also joined the project. Thompson is a Beverly Hills Film Festival three-time Best Documentary winner for "Life After Death," "American Caravan" and "The State of Assyria.” Thompson and Lambert previously collaborated together for the Sundance Channel’s "On the Road in America” series. Ukraine-based producer is Christina Kushch Katrakis.

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