The trailer for the Netflix Original Documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, has released ahead of it’s October 9th premiere on the streaming service. The documentary has already been an official selection of the Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.
The documentary covers the events that unfolded in 2013 and 2014 over the course of 93 days, starting with the peaceful student demonstrations that turned into a full-fledged violent revolution calling for the resignation of Ukraine’s president. Nearly a million citizens from across the Ukraine rose up to protest the corrupt political regime that utilized extreme force against its own people to suppress their demands and freedom of expression.
The Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom filmmakers investigated the escalating political crisis in Ukraine from directly within the conflict zone. At the onset of demonstrations, they were there to record the special forces who were deployed to disperse the crowds, beating and seriously injuring hundreds of protesters. It was this moment that ultimately gave rise to mass protests and large-scale civil unrest in the country. In response, millions of Ukrainians rallied together to fight against the police state. Through interviews with protesters, activists, journalists, medical workers, artists and clergy representing multiple generations, social classes, nationalities and faiths, including a twelve-year old activist, the film tells the story of a diverse movement that self-organized towards one common goal, that stood their ground in the midst of extreme bloodshed, despair and the harshest of conditions. Director Evgeny Afineevsky built relationships with many people on the ground who shared their stories and contributed their footage, whose collective participation helped him document the movement on a grand scale from a variety of perspectives and locations.
In addition to the trailer, the poster for the documentary has also been released.
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom was produced by Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor. Lisa Nishimura Adam Del Deo, John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man; Restrepo), Angus Wall (The Social Network; Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), David Dinerstein, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, Andrew Ruhemann, Dennis L. Kogod, Nadine Khapsalis Kogod and Bohdan Batruch serve as Executive Producers.
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