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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.

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Evgeny Afineevsky

Writer:

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

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Cast

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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Short-listed for 'Best Documentary' (last 15 films) at the 88th Academy Awards 2016. 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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The Ukranian revolution, presented in black and white.
21 August 2016 | by nicholasmuradovSee all my reviews

The documentary follows the uprising in Ukraine and the everyday people involved in the event. The viewer is presented with a time line of the main clashes between the government forces and the protesters.

The idea and the inspiration of the people is a main theme of the documentary, but also a black and white narrative. The good side is the revolutionists and the bad side are the ones trying to stop them. Of course there are aggressions by the government forces and misbehavior from both sides, which is clearly presented in the film. Nevertheless what is not presented is that this revolution is a political event which has two sides that have opinions that cannot be regarded as right or wrong.

The viewer doesn't get ANY viewpoint of the oppositional mindset and everyone standing with the government are presented as thugs or paid aggressors.

This unfair presentation made me loose interest in the film, because getting both sides of the story is a vital part of documenting history.

I was actually standing more on the protesters side when hearing about the revolution in 2014, but also acknowledging that there were people with more conservative views and that only a fraction of all Ukrainians were in Maidan square, protesting. How the filmmaker regards the revolution as "the will of the people" in this regard is unclear.

Because of this I consider the "documentary" more of a emotional stigmatization, e. a. political propaganda, of a political viewpoint, with its heart touching music in just the right moments rather than a correct account of the uprising in Ukraine in 2014.


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