Friday, February 5, 2016

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

Director: Evgeny Afineevsky. 102 min. UK/Ukraine/USA.

A chronicle of 93 days in 2013-2014 when the pro-Western Ukrainians assembled in their "Maidan" (all countries seem to have a government-made 'Liberty Square' where people create problems for the government), and revolted against their democratically-elected pro-East president. That's all - it's no deeper than a CNN news story. We never hear the president supporters' side, or why Yanukovich preferred Putin to the West. He was bad, and people fought him. Sorry, but documentaries have become much more sophisticated than this. Surprised it's nominated for an Oscar, while The Wolfpack, Going Clear and Listen to Me, Marlon were out there.

PS: Except for the best of them (The Look of Silence), all other of this year's Oscar-nominated documentary features (Cartel Land, Amy, What Happened, Miss Simone?, and this) are available to stream on either Netflix or Amazon Prime. Actually two (this and Miss Simone) are Netflix productions - an improvement compared to last year's Netflix-produced Oscar-nominated Al-Maidan (yep, the Liberty Square where people revolted in Egypt).

PPS: In case Netflix has developed some kind of Liberty Square-revolution obsession, there was this thing that happened in a certain Liberty/Freedom Square a few years ago ...

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