Orange Revolution chronicles Ukraine's 2004 presidential campaign, from one candidate's poisoning to the intimidation of voters, acid-bombing of ballot boxes, and the political pressure put...
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Orange Revolution chronicles Ukraine's 2004 presidential campaign, from one candidate's poisoning to the intimidation of voters, acid-bombing of ballot boxes, and the political pressure put on election officials to count votes a certain way. The government's contempt for the people's choice brings nearly a million citizens into the streets of Kyiv for a 17-day around-the-clock protest. With music, interviews, and rare footage of the demonstrations, this film captures the spirit and determination of the most successful political protest of the decade, and raises a timely question: Just how far would you go to protect your vote? Written by
A hot documentary made a decade ago that still resonates ominously
Orange Revolution", USA, 2007, by Steve York, RT 106 minutes. A bold rousing On the Spot documentary shot under the gun in mid-winter in the central square of Kyiv about the stolen presidential election in the Ukraine of 2004 and the Power of the People to intervene.
Washington based director Steve York is an old pro in the business of political documentation with a long career in television including many Bill Moyer shows. This, however, is his first doc made specifically with the large screen in mind. The broad scope of the film and the brilliant way it is shot and put together makes of it almost a thriller where truth is stranger-- and more exciting -- than fiction. The media at the time showed stark photos of opposition candidate Vladimir Jushchenko after he was poisoned by the establishment (read "Gov't Gangster) side to get him out of the way, but survived with his face terribly disfigured. Jushchenko went on to campaign heroically and eventual win the somewhat more honest new election demanded by the Ukrainian people.
In York's film there is also much footage of Jushchenko before the poisoning showing what a handsome, charismatic, and vastly popular figure he actually was. He had the aura of a rock star and, interestingly enough, Ukrainian rock bands were a major element of the demonstrations in Kiev's massive Meidan Square.
Besides being an,exciting historical documentation of a very recent series of events "Orange Revolution" will resonate strongly with the American electorate which sat in front of their TV sets helplessly as Mr. Bush stole the American presidential election in 2000!
Ps: The Ukraine has gone,through many changes since then. When the latest Ukrainian government started leaning strongly toward the West and NATO, Russia under Putin annexed the Crimea and started a proxy war in the Eastern Ukraine a year ago, which is still going on and threatens to set off a new Cold War. A third Bush is now threatening to run for president and anything can happen in this highly volatile region. In the light of current events of 2015 Steve York's Orange Revolution resonates as strongly now as it did eight years ago.
Photo: JUSHCHENKO, BEFORE AND AFTER
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