Winter of Fire
The International Documentary Association honored Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos this year for helping bring compelling stories like Winter On Fire to the masses. Opening on a group of demonstrators standing their ground, bullets flying over their heads during a civil rights protest, Evgeny Afineevsky’s film makes it aware what you’re in for. “This is the Ukraine Revolution,” says a young man. “I just dragged a dead body.” So the film continues, outlining the numerous atrocities committed by the Ukraine government on what were meant to be peaceful gatherings to mark the public’s disappointment at president Viktor F. Yanukovuch’s decision to align with Russia and not the European Union. So often these kinds of tales are told decades after they occur, but what makes Winter of Fire an even more angering experience is the realization that these events took place just two years ago.
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