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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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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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The director is Russian born, Israeli raised and now lives in LA 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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History can be defined after the actual events
21 October 2015 | by david-2835See all my reviews

  • So we all want cultures and political "regimes" that are repressive to be removed - especially these days by 'the people', not a stealth bombing run. What this docu made me realise most of all is that most of us lead such hectic, confused lives that just as we think 3 lines of facebook sums things up or 75 characters on Twitter is a suitable digest version of various events - the same is true for catching the news headlines once a day after work. What I realised most ppl required to *really* grasp the complexities and nuances of the Ukraine 'revolution' could not be anywhere near accurately presented in news coverage on TV - nor in any one hour documentary - whatever side or angle you may have tried to represent. Geopolitics is now what Peter Dale Scott called 'Deep Politics'. There are now so many layers to events that end up on our on dimensional TV screens that one single person can no-longer, truly get some sort of 'objective' take on events at the time. As with 9/11, wars in Iraq, chaos after subtle intervention by the West in Libya etc - the truth either comes years later or continues to get further blurred. So Winter on Fire for me may have shown the true nature of a movement growing and asking for change but it wasn't that it failed to report the 'other' (Russian) side - it simply could not do so in the allotted time. Complex histories, funding from US and Euro 'Foundations', the re-hash of the newer Russia framed as the old gulag Soviets (Stalin was a psycho to many, including Ukrainians) meant that in the desire to show the latest colour revolution - it masked some really underhand tactics by factions of the Ukrainian side which you'll only have seen if you had hours to spend watching several news mediums in real-time... at the time. Which few of us could manage.


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