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The True Cost of War

The True Cost of War
Hard-hitting documentary following the day of a Ukrainian military funeral. The true cost of war is not about oil, or territory. It's about the loss of life, something that can never be replaced.
Director Biography - Tony Hindhaugh
Tony Hindhaugh runs a butchery company in London, UK as well as directing food content over the last several years. Always having a passion for food and drink as well as social and community outreach. He turned his attention to Ukraine in April 2022, 3 months after the Russian invasion. Launching a number of fundraising and community projects in the war torn country, he started to put together a crew made up of out of work Ukrainian filmmakers and document his efforts. From the relative tranquility of Kyiv, he ventured straight to the front line to film. He was shot at, endured artillery attacks and pursued by Russian drones. With a focus on the human effects of the war and the power that the emotion of food brings to people in good times and bad. He directed and produced 11 pieces of compelling content. In his words, “the story needs to be told”. Director Statement In the calm surroundings of my London home, it is easy to get distracted and conditioned into thinking that the effects of war in a distant land only impact my pocket. Oil prices go up, therefore it costs more to fill my car with petrol or fly on a foreign holiday. Food prices go up because grain cannot leave a producing country because of a war. Politicians puff chests, inflation starts to go up all because of the war. It is not until you are fully submerged into the physical locality of the war that you immediately realise that the true cost of the war is death. The loss of loved ones, friends and soldiers. First world problems can invariably be resolved and repaired. The loss of life is permanent and can never be replaced. This is the true cost of war.