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

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

Unrated

netflix

A chilling documentary about Ukraine's ongoing struggle for liberty

7.0

Movie

Ukraine, United Kingdom
English, Russian, Ukrainian
Documentary, War & Politics
2015
EVGENY AFINEEVSKY
Bishop Agapit, Catherine Ashton, Cissy Jones
98 min

What it's about

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.

The take

In 2013, following the Ukrainian government’s termination of an EU agreement (in blatant disregard of what its citizens have been calling for), a wave of peaceful protests start to crop up at the country’s capital. Things escalate when the police violently disperse the protestors, but the people of Ukraine are not so easily held down. They fight back, growing in number and conviction each time they do, until an all-out war finally breaks out. 

Winter on Fire documents this series of events, staying close to the ground and allowing bits of humanity to shine through its subjects. In between chilling clips of the clashes, we're shown intimate interviews with people of all walks of life. They're doctors, actors, students, bankers, lawyers, and clergymen, from various classes, races, religions, and genders. Despite their many differences, all of them share one hope: to secure a better future for the people of Ukraine. 

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