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160 Ratings


Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Ukraine, Netherlands, 2014


A documentary about the ongoing clashes between pro-European and pro-Russian Ukrainians

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Maidan Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Loznitsa’s film is also able to inhabit several diverse functions simultaneously. It is a dispassionate, close-range journalistic account of a succession of events, but also a delicate, even whimsical portrait of small-scale human interactions; it’s a document of specific incidents, but also a timeless evocation of human reactions, both large and small, to crisis conditions.
February 21, 2015
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Even though Sergei Loznitsa’s extraordinary documentary, Maidan, is very specifically concerned with the collectivised political upheaval which occurred in Ukraine’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) during early 2014, it also offers a bitterly universal commentary on what director King Vidor referred to as ‘The Crowd’.
February 19, 2015
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Loznitsa’s formal approach allows us to appreciate the deep complexities of coordinating and executing such mass political activism. Examining the Maidan Nezalezhnosti for such protracted periods allows us to map out the square’s complex spatial configuration and more fully appreciate the precariousness of maintaining control over such constantly shifting battle-lines.
February 09, 2015
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