Oscar-nominated producer Den Tolmor is working on a feature film inspired by Wali, the ex-Quebec sniper who enlisted with Ukrainian forces after the russian invasion.
Den Tolmor, whose documentary for Netflix “Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom” was nominated for an Oscar, is about to begin production on “The Good Fight”. The screenplay written with Nicholas Klein will draw heavily on the story of the former Canadian Armed Forces sniper known as Wali.
Filming is expected to begin later this year and a part of the financing is already assured according to what the producer indicated to the American specialized publication “Deadline”.
“The Good Fight” will tell the story of a veteran of the SEALs, the American special forces, who travels to Ukraine to reconnect with his son, shortly before the invasion of Russian forces. He will then take part in the fight and engage with the Ukrainian army. Because the real story of Wali, a veteran in his forties, capable of killing someone more than three kilometers away, will be fictionalized in order to present a “Western view of the conflict”.
“It doesn't matter if he's Canadian or American, the filmmaker pointed out. This is the story of a man with a different attitude who takes part in what is happening in Ukraine.”
Last March, during an interview with Denis Lévesque, the one who calling Wali in order to protect his wife, child and entire family, said he had “crossed the Ukrainian border as a refugee.”
During the first months of the war, Wali – a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and who also volunteered to fight with the Kurdish forces against the Islamic State – was part of “a unit organized a little 'on the side'. We organized it so quickly, it was a mix of contacts, people we know, vehicles.”