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Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 9 October 2015 (USA)
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A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.

Director:

Evgeny Afineevsky

Writer:

Den Tolmor
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Bishop Agapit Bishop Agapit ... Himself
Catherine Ashton ... Herself
Serhii Averchenko Serhii Averchenko ... Himself
Kristina Berdinskikh Kristina Berdinskikh ... Herself
Pavlo Dobryanskyy Pavlo Dobryanskyy ... Himself
Valery Dovgiy Valery Dovgiy ... Himself
Bogdan Dubas Bogdan Dubas ... Himself
Kurganskyi Eduard Kurganskyi Eduard ... Himself
Mykhailo Havryliuk Mykhailo Havryliuk ... Himself
Natan Hazin Natan Hazin ... Himself
His Holiness The Patriarch of Kyiv and Ukraine Filaret His Holiness The Patriarch of Kyiv and Ukraine Filaret ... Himself
Dmytro Holubnychy Dmytro Holubnychy ... Himself
Timur Ibragimov Timur Ibragimov ... Himself
Said Ismagilov Said Ismagilov ... Himself
Cissy Jones ... Narrator
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A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.

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The next generation of revolution

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Documentary

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UK | Ukraine | USA

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Ukrainian | Russian | English

Release Date:

9 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winter on Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Kiev, Ukraine See more »

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1.85 : 1
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The seventeenth Netflix original documentary. See more »

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[first lines]
Smiling Fighter: Do something. Do something for the revolution.
Camera Man: I'm filming.
Smiling Fighter: This is the Ukrainian revolution. It's fun.
Fighter #2: They're shooting over there! Don't go there! They're shooting over there!
Smiling Fighter: There, he fell. I was just dragging a dead body. You can't surprise me with anything. You thought it would be easy, just go to Maidan, hang out a little and then go back? Not me. I always wanted to be on the front lines.
Camera Man: That's it. He's dead.
[turning the camera]
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A powerful documentary for a powerful part of history
11 January 2016 | by thependragonscribeSee all my reviews

The Maidan unrest in Ukraine is one of the most impactful civilian unrests in contemporary times. The scope and the sequence of Ukraine's revolution is the subject of this harrowing documentary. Using interview accounts from known and unknown figures of the protests, "Winter on Fire" wistfully tackles the growth of the revolution, from humble beginnings of persuading the government to integrate with the European Union to powerful struggles to overthrow President Viktor Yanukovych.

The raw video footage of the peaceful protests-turned-civilian riots will surely unnerve the senses of how much tormenting the revolution was. Though it centers more on the protesters and their experiences, the documentary also holds no bar of portraying the state as an antagonistic figure but a difficult challenge to overcome.

I watched this without subtitles. And thankfully I did because it truly connects the country's weary conditions to every viewer, with the wise use of raw footage, powerful montages and emotional interviews that deliver a gut-wrenching picture of the fight for freedom.


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