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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.


Evgeny Afineevsky


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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


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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9 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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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 »


[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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"Winter on Fire" is beautifully crafted, deeply involving, with great music and true story.
14 January 2016 | by smoothrunnerSee all my reviews

Almost two years have past since the events depicted in the "Winter of Fire". All this time I was reluctant to watch any documentaries dedicated to Maidan, since all these terrible and magnificent events were to fresh in my memory and I thought that any incorrect documentary will only outrage me. My own and my family's participation in the Revolution was humble but nevertheless it left deep emotional scars. I remember my night-watches, and the moment when I dissuaded my old parents from participation in the February 18th meeting near the Parliament since I was convinced that it will be a massacre. Another of my family member, former military, is still proud of participation in clashes with the Berkut on Hrushevskogo street. So it was to personal for me to allow some film director to spoil those memories.

However incidentally I've read a positive review on "Winter on Fire" from another participant of those events who praised the documentary for it's accuracy in depicting the Revolution. So I decided to watch it. And I was stunned by its thoughtful and correct retrace of facts without silly surface comments or assessments. Maybe Berkut's and police cruelty was a little bit softened (they've intentionally tortured to death some protesters, like Yuriy Verbitsky, intentionally crippled numerous protesters by firing in their eyes with rubber bullets, braking bones, even beheaded people, many people are still considered missing), and the spirit of mutual aid and respect on Maidan not enough emphasized, but still this documentary is unbelievably correct with facts and the spirit of Maidan. I was overwhelmed by revived memories and emotions watching it. It is true, that "EuroMaidan" ended on 29th of November. On the 30th of November near the St Michael's Monastery completely new Maidan has been born and the Revolution of Dignity started it slow pace which is still in progress due to seemingly hopeless wars Ukrainian nation is waging - against Russian army invasion and against corruption which is plaguing our outdated "territorial elites" fostered by Russia instead of national elite thoroughly murdered during the Soviet Russia's occupation of Ukraine (1921 - 1991).

This documentary's authors did truly grate job by restoring so scrupulously events of this terrifying yet magnificent Revolution. It's like I lived again through all those scary and dignified days. Sense of the presence of God are correct words to describe those feelings - it felt like frighteningly majestic Spirit was there on Maidan with all those people, who, despite the odds, continued to believe in the ultimate victory and who were ready to sacrifice themselves for the things many others consider abstract and non-essential - freedom, dignity and patriotism.

For those, who want wider political context - it's all there in the documentary. Standing behind Yanukovych's back is puppeteer Putin, trying to revert Ukrainian nation from its choice to be a European country rather than Russian colony. Government without its own voice, filled with Yanukovych's old "friends" and subordinates from his so-called "family" - his business clan. Parliament, to scared of Yanukovych, to make independent decisions. So-called "leaders of opposition", representatives of our "territorial elites", unable to take responsibility for anything - miserable men completely unfit for the grandiose historical moment they were participating. And mysterious reborn of an old nation - Ukrainian nation, with its thousand years of complex history, which almost lost itself under 300 years of occupation by Russia and suddenly revived and fighting for its future.

This documentary though it's thoroughly accurate, is enthralling and dramatic like best Hollywood movies, like Maidan was. It will immerse you into the dramatic and magnificent story of the Ukrainian Revolution, into the heights of the human spirit, bravery, unselfishness and heroism, and into the depths of human decline, fear, cruelty and cynicism. "Winter on Fire" is beautifully crafted, deeply involving, with great music and true story.

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