Sunday, September 13, 2015

TIFF 2015: Winter On Fire: Ukraine's Fight For Freedom

Winter On Fire is a documentary about the peaceful uprising in Kyiv's Maidan (Independence Square) throughout the winter of 2014/14, culminating in the fleeing of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych. I was familiar with the general story of what happened, but this film shows in plain terms the dedication of the people who stood up to their government, and how they were mistreated by the security forces throughout the period of the demonstrations. The crowd included many from the Ukrainian community, some of whom quickly corrected the host introducing the film when he mistakenly referred to "The Ukraine". The director spoke before the film about Toronto (or Canada?) being home to the largest Ukrainian community outside of Ukraine.

This was a decent film, and I was moved by the details of what the anti-government demonstrators went through. (Mostly in Ukrainian with English subtitles.)

TIFF Overview

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