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Plays out like a harrowingly bloody, real-life "Les Miserables."
Being able to bear witness firsthand to this three-month struggle is an incredible privilege, albeit a heartbreaking one.
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.
"Winter on Fire" never takes its eye off the story's underlying and very dramatic theme, and that would be nothing less than revolution.
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.
Winter on Fire's thrilling rebellion is neither the beginning nor the end, but it is at least a truly heartening middle.
While the film's informational value is almost non-existent, its emotional knobs are turned up to the max.
Winter on Fire omits key facts, which results in an audience whose understanding of Ukraine's history, politics, regions, sociological makeup, and languages is extremely limited (or nonexistent) receiving a one-sided view of developments in Ukraine.
The act of gathering these narratives into one place is of obviously clear value. But that's the starting point of journalism, not the end.
This is what a revolution in the 21st century looks like. Spoiler: The power of ridicule when Facebook journalists are watching is vast.
This is a heavy documentary where the director and his team became actual war correspondants... you can't miss it. [Full review in Spanish]
Extremely accessible, but also often thrilling. If you were never entirely up to date on what was actually happening in Ukraine two years ago, Evgeny Afineevsky's film is an excellent starting point.
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.
Fantastic documentary well worthy of the Oscar! Do yourself a favor and find it on Netflix. ~ A-
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