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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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Release Date:

9 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Winter on Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Kiev, Ukraine See more »

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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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Powerful documentary full of amazing images, if not super deep
16 June 2016 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Filled with amazing and powerful images of resistance on both a personal and mass scale, this film is what can result when you have a revolution in the age of ubiquitous cell phones and personal drones. And it leads to a kind of combination of visceral immediacy and near epic scope in the telling of the Ukraine's 3 month long citizens' revolt against a corrupt, unresponsive and lying government that would have been near impossible a handful of years earlier. This is experiencing a revolt from the inside; scary, intense, exciting – a powerful emotional roller coaster.

What it isn't, is an intellectually rigorous overview of the issues and conditions that led to the revolt, or what changes did and didn't result in the long term. Those are touched on, of course, but it's a fair criticism that's been leveled against the film, that the uninformed viewer (like me) comes away with only a schematic and simplistic view of the uprising. But, for me, that was enough.

The power of this film is the reminder that it is still possible for people to come together from very different places, Muslims and Catholics, left-wing students and aging military men, the poor and the middle-class – and to band together to overthrow a tyrant with a remarkable limiting of blood-shed. It's a film that will make you shed a tear for the potential for good and for change in the world, and that outweighs whatever shortcomings the film may have.


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