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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE'S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM [2015]

Director Evgeny Afineevsky's Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom is a tour de force documentary depicting an intimate and terrifying look at the Euromaiden protests that erupted during the winter months of 2013 & 2014.
Unlike the news footage the rest of the world saw, we get a dangerously close glimpse from the trenches into the cold, violent and heart-breaking moments that are so outrageous I couldn't believe what I was watching.  It's pretty obvious Afineevsky has no interest in allowing the viewer to pick sides but when the footage speaks for itself it's hard not to oppose the lies and brutality the government used upon it's own people.  Tightly edited, shot with precise staggering bravery and beautifully scored by Jasha Klebe, all makes for a whirlwind of emotions, both good and bad.
It's a violent reminder that as a community we can sometimes still make a difference no matter how much the odds are against us.

4 revolutions out of 5

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