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Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky
Ukraine, United States, 2015


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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Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Documentary, Feature

Toronto International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: People's Choice Award

If you seek cogent political analysis, look elsewhere. As a ground-level visual record of those 93 days, however, the film is truly astonishing, and serves as a testament that nothing like this will ever happen again without being extensively documented.
December 23, 2015
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The frequently used interview segments not only help chronicle and explain the revolt as it unfolded, they also give us a sense of who these protestors were, as well as their sincerity and dedication to their cause. The dedication leads to displays of courage that sometimes are quite astonishing and form the film’s fiery emotional core.
October 09, 2015
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Evgeny Afineevsky’s Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom is big, bold, agitprop cinema—activist filmmaking that manages to be both angry and elegiac in its recounting of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.
October 08, 2015
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