Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015)


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Chronicling events that unfolded over 93 days in 2013 and 2014, this documentary witnesses the formation of a new civil rights movement in Ukraine. What started as peaceful student demonstrations supporting European integration morphed into a full-fledged violent revolution calling for the resignation of the nation's president. The film captures the remarkable mobilization of nearly a million citizens from across the country protesting the corrupt political regime that utilized extreme force against its own people to suppress their demands and freedom of expression.

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

Plays out like a harrowingly bloody, real-life "Les Miserables."

Feb 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Being able to bear witness firsthand to this three-month struggle is an incredible privilege, albeit a heartbreaking one.

Oct 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Though the film is limited by a point of view that's too polemically reductive, the idealistic, difficult, sometimes lethal struggles it covers are undeniably revelatory and moving.

Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Winter on Fire" never takes its eye off the story's underlying and very dramatic theme, and that would be nothing less than revolution.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

Modern technology may not yet be able to capture the smell of gunpowder and tear gas, but Mr. Afineevsky takes the viewer closer to the action than might have seemed possible.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

Winter on Fire's thrilling rebellion is neither the beginning nor the end, but it is at least a truly heartening middle.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

A riveting and essential account of an inspiring revolution, or 92 days that changed History in 2013 and 2014 when people bravely went to the streets in Ukraine to fight for their civil rights and freedom of expression and had to face the cruel violence of the Berkut police to silence them.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Fantastic documentary well worthy of the Oscar! Do yourself a favor and find it on Netflix. ~ A-

Brad Sweet
Brad Sweet

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