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

Director: Evgeny Afineevsky

Genre(s): Documentary, War

Runtime: 102 minutes

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

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Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom is, as of right now, my favorite documentary of all time. Filmed by folks who were actually there, this film takes an inside look at the Ukrainian Revolution of 2013-2014, which began when the Ukrainian government, led by President Viktor Yanukovych, sought closer ties with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The Ukrainian people objected, wanting more integration with the rest of Europe (including eventual European Union membership), and took to the streets. This inspiring documentary shows how far some people will go to fight for the liberty of future generations.

The first thing about Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom that must be commented on is its incredible footage. The protests start small enough, but, by the end of the movie, Kyiv (the Ukrainian capital) resembles a war zone. The feature shows how fast things can go from zero to one hundred, as civil disobedience turns to horrific violence, as government forces start beating and, eventually, shooting protestors and revolutionaries. The bravery of the Ukrainian people is impossible to not fall in love with.

This picture is an inspiration to all inhabitants of the Free World, showing the ongoing struggle for freedom and human dignity that still affects many parts of the globe. Ukraine wanted its slice of the European Dream, and opposition to an increasingly-tyrannical regime became the only option. This riveting documentary reveals the frightfully high cost of democracy and human rights, while giving the viewer some hope for a better tomorrow.

Winter on Fire is fueled by passion, so don’t expect a lot of in-depth analysis. The film also contains graphic, bloody violence, so the squeamish are exempted from watching it. However, for everyone else, this is mandatory viewing to arm oneself with knowledge in the ongoing information war with the despots of the Slave World. It’s important and impossible to turn away from.

My rating is 9 outta 10.

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