|WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE'S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM (director: Evgeny Afineevsky; cinematographers: Alex Kashpur, Andriy Havryshchuk, Arturas Morozovas, Constantin Shandybin, Damian Kolodiy, Dmytro Patyutko, Eduard Georgadze, Galyna Sadomtseva-Nabaranchuk, Halyna Lavrinets, Ielizaveta Smith, Inna Goncharova, Kirill Kniazev, Kostyantyn Ignatchuk, Lizogub Khrystyna, Maxim Bernakevich, Maria Komar, Oleg Balaban, Oleg Tandalov, Oles Chernyuk, Pavlo Peleshok, Ruslan Ganushchak, Vyacheslav Tsvetkov, Viktor Kozhevnikov, Vladimir Makarevich, Vyacheslav Poliantcev, Vyacheslav Tihonsky, Yuriy Krivenko, Zhenya Shynkar; editor: Will Znidaric ; music: Jasha Klebe; cast: Cissy Jones (Narrator); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Den Tolmor /Evgeny Afineevsky; Netflix; 2015- U.S.-Ukraine-U.K- in Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles when needed)|
|"Captured the revolutionary
spirit of the Ukrainians."
by Dennis Schwartz
timely straight-forward political documentary
chronicling events in 2013 and 2014, where in a
period of 93-days there was civil unrest in the
Ukraine over the occupation of Maidan
square by nationalist protesters. It resulted in the
ouster of its president
Viktor Yanukovych and the sending in of hostile
Russian troops to quell the unrest. Some
of the shots in the film were on CNN, but there are
so much other footage to ponder. There are also many
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A Journey Through the Kids' Eyes")
shoots it from the simplistic view that “the
people united will never be defeated,”
which has a hollow ring to my ears.
covers pretty much what the news media reported, that
the people were upset that their corrupt president
secretly made closer alliances with Russia's Putin.
film was more interested in promoting
separation from Russia and closer ties with the
European Union than producing an art film,
Afineevsky wags his finger at the opposition
and shows us it takes a lot of blood on the street,
bravery and a nationalist clamor to oppose the
Russians and hope to win.
The film was a little too over melodramatic and manipulative for my taste, but it was earnest, clear-cut, and filled with plenty of good info on the on-going Ukrainian crisis.
REVIEWED ON 11/27/2015 GRADE: B-
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