Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

WINTER ON FIRE, 2015. ©Netflix

DavidAdam and Kate Chaplin conclude their discussion of Netflix’s Academy Award nominated documentaries with the inspiring and harrowing documentary chronicling Euromaidan, a 3-month long protest that brought a government to it’s knees.

 

Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Our working knowledge of the history of Ukraine

A country situated in a very rough neighborhood

Why are students so well-positioned to start an uprising?

How police brutality can backfire

Mobilizing a protest into a defence force

Sergei Nigoyan

Roma Saveliev

Kiev burning

The President flees

The technical achievement of this film

Our impressions of the documentary overall

Who inspired us the most?

Which Netflix documentary would we choose if we had a vote?

 

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Intro Music: Extreme Parkour by Alex Grey

Outro Music: Ivan Levyckyj

Winter On Fire: Interview with Evgeny Afineevsky

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David and Adam were very excited to have the opportunity to sit down with director Evgeny Afineevsky, creator of the Academy Award nominated documentary, Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.

Evgeny talks with us about his early aspirations growing up in the Soviet Union, his move to Israel and his work up until the day he received a call about a student protest that was just beginning to form in Kiev, Ukraine.

Despite the difficult conditions, Evgeny explains how inspiring it was to be in the middle of such a historic moment and the incredible unity he felt with people from every class, race and religion who took the brave stand for freedom 2 years ago.

We were honored to have a chance to hear this story from someone who not only was there, but took the initiative to record the Euromaidan uprising for posterity.  Not only do we get to hear first-hand the story behind the incredible images we see in Winter On Fire, but also about some of the most memorable events that weren’t able to make it into the film.

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